Getting top grades is every parent desire of a child and this desire is not differentiated by the economic status of the family. The families, who are poor, want to send their children to schools where fees are beyond their means for the sake of boys. But in the case of Soundharya her life journey takes a different turn after some challenging events.
Soundharya, 16 years is the second child of a widowed mother who is affected by chronic health condition. Their family was happy, a family of three girls until her father became bed ridden and passed away when she was six years old.
After her father's death, they had to move to their mother's hometown and schooling was changed. Having enjoyed the education in private English medium school, Soundharya and her siblings found it very difficult to adjust back to the government school. Everyday was a struggle as Soundharya's mother could not find a good job and had to support her siblings and her grandmother (father's mother). In addition to the financial stress, Soundharya's mother widowed status and the illness was further caused their relatives to force and get her and her older sister married early. Her mother was strong against the decision that caused a strained relationship among their relatives. Later her mother also took another courageous step to place all the three girls in the private English medium school which caused greater resistance from her own mother too.
The courageous step taken by her mother encouraged Soundharya to put hard efforts in her studies and bring a good name for her among their relatives.
Though learnt in Tamil medium school till 7th standard, within a span of two years, Soundharya was able to learn all the subjects in English medium and also stand among the top rankers. In the recently published 10th public results she has been able to score 481/500. On asking what had motivated her, she expressed "My mother's sacrifice!"
Soundharya is equally committed to serve other children like her at Buds of Christ. At Buds N Colors summer camp, she is an active volunteer and taught younger orphan children in craft and drawings.
We thank all the donors at Global Giving and well-wishers of Buds of Christ who are making sacrificial contributions for education of children in shaping their future.
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.
Poverty, HIV, orphan hood, stigma and fear challenge the children of Buds of Christ. Yet the children have overcome these challenges and have successfully cleared their exams to make an entry into colleges. Except for one child out of the seven who have appeared this year, none of their family members have entered colleges in their life time, and this has been possible with the generous support extended by well-wishers .
Buds of Christ has been working with these children over the past five years to ensure they continue schooling by providing them with educational kits, school uniforms, special educational support for young children in 10th and 12th standard and support for higher education. This has eased the burden of many families on educating their children.
The main success for us is that these young girls have not only overcome their public exams, but mainly overcome their chances of being victims of child marriage, abuse and exploitations.
Soundarya who scored 481/500 in her 10th public exam shared "This would not be possible for me, if I had not been supported to continue my schooling amidst the financial struggles we faced in our family after the loss of our father. I sincerely thank Global Giving Donors and Buds of Christ for helping me find hope in the future".
Four girls who have appeared this year are from widow-headed households and passing 12th have joined under graduation courses in B.Sc (Nutrition and Dietetics), B. Com, and BA English Literature.
As Buds of Christ celebrates this moment, we thank our well-wishers and the donors at Global Giving for their support towards these children. With your supportive hand, our young girls are now entering a new horizon.
Pavithra is 17 year old doing her 12th standard. She is one of the child supported for Girl child education through Global giving project. Her mother has not been in school and was widowed when Pavithra was just 5 years old. With no education, her mother has been working as a daily wage (coolie) worker in the agriculture fields and managing the needs of Pavithra and her brother.
Pavithra's brother and her mother are affected by a chronic health condition and sometimes this affects her mother's earning. When Pavithra completed her 10th with Good grades, relatives from her family side wanted her to be married. Being a widow, though her opinions are not strongly accepted, but she stood firm and expressed interest of education her daughter until graduation. On asking her mother how she was so firm in educating her daughter, she expressed
"I know the pain of not having studied. It is quite hard-work at the field and I do not want my daughter to go through the same struggle like me. If i had been educated, I would have looked for other options of work, but with no education, I have no choice but work as a daily wage worker and that does not fetch regular income”.
It was during that time, Buds of Christ has assured support for Pavithra for her education cost through the Global Giving educational support for orphan Girls. Now it's been two years Pavithra has been supported and she is showing good performance in her academics. Her dream is to become a commerce teacher and support her family. Now this month she is appearing for her final exams in school and her entry to college is determined by the results she will gain in this exams.
She has expressed her sincere gratitude to the donors of Global giving for their support in helping her complete her school education .
"I thank Buds of Christ and Global Giving for helping girls like us reach our dreams. In my current circumstances it is impossible to study further, but it has been your support that is helping me personally to keep my dream alive. Thank you donors”. – expressed Pavithra
Dear Friend and Partner
This is the best time of the year to thank you, as you took the step to touch the lives of our children at Buds of Christ.
As we near the end of the year 2014, I bow my head to thank God for you! because you are a blessing for Buds of Christ.
As I type the mail, I remember the quote of Mother Teresa “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love”
Because its only through friends like you that Buds of Christ can be here with resources to love and support struggling orphan children and families who have nowhere else to go for support.
This year alone, your generosity has helped us to directly support over 220 orphan children affected by HIV and AIDS in areas of their Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership.
Your love, generosity has lit the light of Hope in the lives of our children. How true it is that the smallest act of your kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
We take this moment to give you thanks for who you are and what you have done in the lives of our children. We can say no other answer; but THANKS, and THANKS and ever THANKS.
Sincerely Giving Thanks not only helps us recognize how our children are blessed through you but it also motivates us to continue to do good for those who are in need.
Thank you so much for being a blessing!
with thanks and regards
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