Orphan Children at Buds of Christ have opportunities for education and with support from well-wishers of Buds of Christ the burden of educational needs on care takers have been greatly reduced through supply of note books, bags and uniforms. Though the knowledge part has been fulfilled through the formal education, the skill area is limited, especially when it comes to speaking in English.
Children at Buds of Christ have very limited opportunities to avail, one due to their location in villages and second quality training institutes are limited and expensive. In addition girls are not encouraged in few families to go out, especially if they are orphans or semi-orphans. In order to combat this situation. Buds of Christ has started the English speaking course in its Vocational Skill Development Project. The course is arranged in 16 module sections and is handled at the center during weekends.
The first session was started on 13th of june 2014 and the interest among the young people was very positive. The sessions are more participative and usage of the vocal method has made it more appealing. As the learning is in group it also helps young people to interact with each other and close monitoring is made through mentors.
“It has always been a dream for me to interact in english and I am happy I am able to speak out, where people do not tease me about my language”. - expressed an orphan village girl
"I am in college 2nd year and in my class there are three girls who speak well in English and even though they are freindly, I hesitate to go and interact with them. Now being part of this course it has helped me to come out of my fears and I am sure, I would be able to start my conversations with them."
For Buds of Christ, the response has been encouraging from the young people and care takers. As most of the young people are the first generation graduates this opportunity has been seen as a great boon. This programme has been included as part of the Project on vocational skills for young people and we thank Global Giving Foundation for supporting our children.