Buds of Christ Charitable Trust

Buds of Christ's vision is to "empower children and enable wellbeing" With the vision our mission is "to love, listen, learn and lead orphans and vulnerable children to live life positively and with dignity and be children of hope and courage to their peers and to their community"
Aug 25, 2015

"We getting together builds HOPE in our lives" - Support Group Meetings

The support group meeting for adolescents living with HIV is organised every first saturday at Government Hospital. The center not only caters to young people from the district but serves as a point of care for adoelscents from the neighbouring districts. Understanding the need for adolescent focussed intervention Buds of Christ with the support from the ART center has been organising support groups to help young people live healthy and productive lives.

It has been a greater challenge to bring the adolescents together, as the ART center was seen only as a center to access medicines. The young people had no opportunity to interact with each other and the stigma of HIV and restrictions of the care takers(mostly grand-parents) had not allowed them to talk about it. With the support group being initiated, the young people have started showing active involvement through the participatory exercises. This month the exercise was on boosting their self esteem. In the pre-assessment it was noted that most of them had a low self image about themselves, due to side effects of ARV and low immunity status. But through the exercise, the positive qualities of each one was shared by the peers and was reinstated with the thought that each one is unique and have special qualities.

"I have always felt I was short and weak and unworthy, but here when the friends in the group appreciated me, I felt very good" - expressed an adolescent boy

Following this, the young people were taken through an exercise of setting personal goals in health and education and how as a support group they can support one another through a team building game, making the paper tower. The four points that was reinforced for the participants were planning, sharing their plan and finding support from one another, implementing and evaluating .This helped the participants to set their health goals and education goals.

Recent case study

Ms. Anita (name changed),17 years old, was born living with HIV, Her parents died when she was very young and has been cares by her grandmother. She came to know about her HIV status only when she was in her 11th standard i.e.16 years old. Though she has been on medication earlier, her grand-mother could not express the health status nor the medication properly and that has caused resistance. Now she is on second line medication. She is attending the meeting for the last two month and have found inspiration from the peer leader, Shalini from Buds of Christ who supports in the monthly support group meeting.

Aug 4, 2015

Equipping younger generation with computer skills

First of all we extend our sincere thanks to Global Giving and the donors. As said "From Humble Beginnings come Great Things", it is such a moment for us at Buds of Christ in this project on vocational project. Bala, an orphan boy from a poor background equipped himself with computer skills at Buds of Christ, he also received a FREE LAPTOP from a Government program and improved his skills by constantly using the computer.

Now he has become one of the peer trainer at Buds of Christ, in teaching other girls and boys accessing Buds of Christ center during week ends to upgrade their skills on computers. Many children have now shown interest to learn computers as most of them have not even touched computers in their life.

With the support of generous donations from donors of Global Giving, Buds of Christ has put in place 3 computers and laptops for children to learn and master basic computer skills. Children learn Word, Power Point, Internet, Email, Photo Copying and Editing, downloading and copying songs to their mobile phones and so on. Every time the young people learn something new, they are encouraged to share the skills with others.

Thank you dear donors, with out you it would not be possible to develop orphan children like Bala to empower other children.

Jul 1, 2015

A little love can go long way...supporting children with educational kits

The month of June is exciting moment for children and adolescents to  start another important phase in their lives. This excitement also comes with lot of expectations for new things, like uniforms, books, bags and study notes. Orphan children from disadvantaged families have less access to such expectations as it is a burden for the care takers, most widow women and grand-parents. Buds of Christ over the last five years have supported orphan children with 500+ educational kits to feel encouraged and motivated to go to school amidst the challenges they face in their families.

This year the support was provided on 13th June 2014 at Buds of Christ to most deserving young children and adolescents with note books, uniforms and Bags. With the support of Global Giving 100 school bags and 600 notebooks were provided to 60 orphan girls and adolescents.

A widow woman expressed “I have one son and two daughters. My husband died when my children were very small. My native family is already poor, so they could not support me either. It was during that moment, I got a job as a sweeper in a local school where all my three children are studying. Though they are able to school, buying uniforms, note books and bags for all the three children with my meagre income is a big challenge. With the educational support from Buds of Christ and Global Giving, I have not been burdened with this for the last three years."

Buds of Christ has reached out to over 200 orphan children and supporting them in areas of Health, Education and Leadership Development. Global Giving Donors are our prime support in ensuring health and education of orphan children from most disadvantaged communities. We sincerely thank you and look forward for your continuous support and patronage.

 
   

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