Educate 100 orphan girls in rural India

by Buds of Christ Charitable Trust
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Education for young girls in rural areas from poor families does not depend only on access to educational institutions, but also making a change in the mindset of their family in helping them pursue their goals. In a gender dominated society with wide disparity between girls and boys, the number of girls from poor families being educated till graduation is a struggle. Often the trend is once a girl attains puberty, the girl has to be married off, so that the burden of care is taken away from the mother. This is more severe in families have more than one girl child and if the mother is a widow or the girl is under the care of grandparents.

The project on Educational support for orphan girls through Global giving has helped more than 100 orphan girls to continue schooling, 45 orphan girls have entered colleges for graduation and more than 7 girls have secured jobs after completing their graduation.

Ms.Seetha, 22 years old is one success story, she has completed her B.Sc Nursing despite many oppositions from her relatives and the immediate community. Her strong support was her widowed mother, along with the support of Buds of Christ she did her course in Bangalore city for four years and now she is working as a nurse in a private hospital in Coimbatore.

"I am a nurse now because I had the dream to be one and my mother also stood by me, other wise I would have been married and life would have been just restricted to being only a wife and a mother. Now I am proud to be a nurse and also serve many people who are in need. I am also able to look after my ailing grandmother and my mother affected by chronic illness. Thanks to Buds of Christ and support extended through Global Giving"- expressed Seetha.

In the case of Divya, the eldest child under the care of grandparents, whose parents died of chronic illness, was married off to a business person when she was completing her 12th standard. She was the topper in her school for her 10th standard and wanted to become a teacher in a school. But all her dreams got shattered, when this marriage proposal came when she was to appear for her final exams in her 12th standard. Though she cried and stood against there were no support systems to help her come out of this and thus she was married and now is a  mother of two children at a very young age.

Buds of Christ aims to prevent such instances by working with communities to ensure that young girls from rural families are educated and are able to secure into employment. So that these girls are able to have a productive life for future. The work is not an easy task, as it also involves establishing a trust with the family and also looking at the educational needs of the child. Buds of Christ works with such families right from Grade 1 to ensure that children continue schooling and then also take up higher studies.

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Education for young girls in rural areas from poor families does not depend only on access to educational institutions, but also making a change in the mindset of their family in helping them pursue their goals. In a gender dominated society with wide disparity between girls and boys, the number of girls from poor families being educated till graduation is a struggle. Often the trend is once a girl attains puberty, the girl has to be married off, so that the burden of care is taken away from the mother. This is more severe in families have more than one girl child and if the mother is a widow or the girl is under the care of grandparents.

Together, We can break this cycle and provide HOPE in the lives of Orphan Girl Children from rural villages. Give Education that empowers girl children.

Thank you 

Team Buds of Christ

Education of girl children is often not encouraged in a gender dominated society, especially in rural areas in Namakkal and Salem districts, Tamilnadu. Though there are many educational institutions in the districts, majority are not government managed and hence the cost of education makes it less accessible for families from disadvantaged circumstances. In addition the distance of colleges from their villages also places a restriction for girls to access education and the condition is more severe for orphan girls. Buds of Christ encourages such orphan girl children from challenging circumstances to continue higher education in colleges that are accessible to them.

One such girl is Jegatheeswari, second child of widowed mother affected by Chronic ill health condition. Her father died when she was less than 5 years old and her elder sister had eloped and died within a year of marriage due to domestic violence. All these situations made both Jegatheeswari and her widowed mother lose courage over their future. It was then they came to know Buds of Christ and was supported with social support programmes. Jegatheeswari’s mother works as a coolie worker on daily wages and lives in a small rented house in a village. The money she earns was just enough to meet the family needs and as Jegatheeswari was studying in a government school, the burden of expenses on education was less and was taken care by Buds of Christ. But in the academic year 2016, Jegatheeswari was enrolled into a private institution for higher education and is doing her first year bachelors in English. The support from Global Giving has helped to pay part of the academic fees for the year which has encouraged her mother to have hope of her daughter becoming a graduate. Jegatheeswari is an active youth member of Buds of Christ and teaches Tamil and English to the orphan children between the age group of 6 to 11 years during the weekends.

Jegatheeswari shares "It gives me great pleasure that I am able to do my higher studies because of well wishers of Global giving who have extended their support to support girls like me. I am blessed to have a wonderful mother who has realised the importance of education and encourages me to continue my education despite our challenging circumstances at home. Thank you Buds of Christ! Thank you Global Giving!!”

Kalai and Kani are sisters from poor disadvantaged background. Both live with their mother, who works as a coolie worker and supports the family. Their father left the family when both were very small. Kalai and Kani are both studying in government school and Kalai is now in her 10th standard. Kalai's every day routine is cooking, washing clothes, cleaning vessels and cleaning up the house before she goes to school. Her mother leaves very early to work  and so she also has to take up the responsibility of looking after her younger sister too.  Kalai is very determined and very positive about becoming a teacher and also aims at scoring more than 450/500 in her upcoming 10th public exams. She and her younger sister received the educational support from Buds of Christ.

It was a very happy moment for Ramya, child living with her father affected by HIV to go into class 11th in this academic year. Her father had lost hope in her, but the constant coaching at Buds of Christ by the peer volunteers and the staff throughout the year has helped her to pass her 10th standard. She was more happier to receive the educational support and expressed

"I am greatly thrilled i am in new class with new bag, books and uniforms. I also have to thank the team at Buds of Christ for coaching me during the holidays and equipping me to pass in my 10th public exams and I am very happy about it”.

The educational support that included, School bags, two sets of uniform, stationery kits and note books and a water bottle was distributed to 100 orphan deserving children for the academic year 2015-16. Buds of Christ and our girls associated with this project, thank friends at Global Giving to be part of this year's academic support to our girl children.

Your support goes exclusively to encourage young girls orphaned and belonging to disadvantaged circumstances achieve a future with hope and security through education. In the last three years, there have been more than 30 young girls who have entered colleges from families whose have lost one or both parents and from illetrate background. This is another instance of how GlobalGiving has made a difference in encouraging the girl to pursue her studies.

Rathi is 15 years old and also affected by a chronic health condition. Her mother died very early and is living with her father, paternal grandmother and elder brother. In a gender dominated society girls are not encouraged to study and if they are affected by any chronic health condition, they are the least encouraged and it was from such condition that Rathi also was affected. She was not only neglected with physical care but also social and emotional care that affected her interest in studies. Most of the relatives and even her grandmother was against her continuing studies after she attained puberty.

She was encouraged her to look at the household work and support the grandmother .It was after the intervention of Buds of Christ in educating the father on the importance of education, providing educational materials for Rathi devi and also arranging study guidance by the senior peers at the centre, she has been encouraged to continue her education.

She is now currently studying 10th standard and writing her public examinations, which is a crucial year for her to make decisions over her future course of studies. She has also been equipped to handle examination fears and stress by her senior peers of the support group.

We at Buds of Christ would like to acknowledge that donors like you at GlobalGiving are enabling us to transform the lives of less previleged orphan young girls in rural regions of Namakkal district.

 

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Buds of Christ Charitable Trust

Location: Namakkal District, Tamilnadu - India
Website: http:/​/​www.budsofchrist.org
Project Leader:
Jeyapaul Sunder Singh
Tiruchengode, Select India
$12,529 raised of $38,275 goal
 
175 donations
$25,746 to go
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