Children
 India
Project #16292

Vocational Skills 40 Indian Orphan school drop-out

by Buds of Christ Charitable Trust
Vetted

The Buds Open school offers a supplementary form education to the normal education to help the young children and adolescents gain skils that can help them towards independence. The school drop outs and low performers especially children lviing with HIV are encouarged to study through norn formal methods, in addition to special skills like computer training, arts and crafts and embroidery that are taught on monthly basis.

The meeting was on Aari embroidery work was organised at the centre on and is a fast picking up skill that is in great demand and Ms. Juliet from Chennai was the trainer for the session of 10 participants. The group being a small group helped the trainee practise the stitching under direct supervision of the trainer. The training helped them try 3 to 4 different styles in the stitching that about 6 participants gained it with ease. Each participant has been provided with a frame to be practised at home ,on the skill learnt at the meeting .

This training was organised to engage the young people during the summer holidays and also enhance their skills and provide opportunities for new learning.

For Raje, she is the only child of her widowed mother and has completed her 12th exams and awaiting her results. She was very happy that she has learnt a skill that she can use it as her hobby and later develop as an income source for her .

For sheela, an adolescent girl living with her aged grandfather and dropped from school and attending the Buds open school has reappeared for the 10th exams. She was happy to be part of the training and had expressed "I do not have friends near my house and have always felt lonely and this will keep me occupied and also help me try on my dresses too, I really enjoyed it and happy I came today.”

Life has always been a challenge for children living with chronic health condition and severe in the cases of orphan and semi-orphan children. In the 70 children living with HIV under the follow up of Buds of Christ, some have been encouraged to continue education, however some due to lack of proper support systems and in few cases their health condition have been an obstacle for them to continue their education. In such cases Buds of Christ has tried place them in short term vocational trainings that are job oriented.

There are also instances of very young children becoming drop outs due to ill-health condition and side effects of ARV. Recently four such children have dropped out of school due to treatment for tuberculosis. However these children are closely followed  as part of the Buds vocational open school and provided training to read, write the basics in native language and computer skills. They also are involved in cultural programmes and competitive events within the organisation to be encouraged

Radhika (name changed) is an HIV positive orphan child looked after by her father who is also living with that condition. As Radhika's mother died early, the care was very less and so she was very often affected by infections that affected her from going to school regularly. Her school was not closely located to her village and travelling became strenuous with her weakened immunity and so she was out of school for almost 3 years.

She was identified by Buds of Christ in 2015 and initially supported with counselling and gradually was involved in support group sessions for children living with HIV. Later she was taken into Buds of Christ Vocational Open school and trained with basic reading and writing skills, computer skills, and cooking skills by the teachers at Buds of Christ. It was also realised being  away from school, she had no social interactions throughout the day and coming to the open school developed her literacy and social skills too. This has encouraged her to get back to normal stream. Currently she is at home practising the language skills as she is on Tuberculosis medication and will be reintegrated to school in the next academic year. She had also participated in poem writing competitions held for kids in the centre and had won second prize in it. She has also been involved in motivational camps for children with such condition

The vocational school has helped Radhika be equipped for the next academic  year and this gradual phase of growth has been through the support of Global giving friends in the lives of children like Radhika.

Murugan has lost both his parents and is currently looked after by his aged aunt and uncle. His aunt was a rag-picker but always encouarged Murugan to continue schooling. When he was 12 years old, he was affected by TB and so was falling sick often and stopped his schooling. After a gap of two years with the intervention of Buds of Christ, he was placed back at school. Though he went to school for few weeks he could not cope-up with the studies and dropped out of school.

Then he was placed in the Buds Vocational Open school where basic mathemetical and langauage skills were provided. This not only helped him to learn, but also encouarged him to take responsibility in his own health. Until then, he was very casual on treatment. After one year, he was assessed for his interest in mechanical and electrical work and has been now placed as a Auto-Electrician in a private vocational training institute. We wish Murugan a very best for his future as an auto-electrician. He has gained confidence in himself and now has the ability to take up his profession though he was once a school drop-out.

He is now very happy and also has encouarged another school drop out boy to join his institute in the forth coming year.

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.

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.

 

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Buds of Christ Charitable Trust

Location: Namakkal District, Tamilnadu - India
Website: http:/​/​www.budsofchrist.org
Project Leader:
Jeyapaul Sunder Singh
Namakkal District, Tamilnadu India

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