2014 Jan to Mar We extend our sincere
thanks to our friends and donors who are helping us in reaching out to the most disadvantaged children and
Empowered Nadiya, born HIV+ building hope in another Nadiya is 19 years old and positive speaker among young people living with HIV. She has been open about her status to adolescents living with HIV in the support groups to encourage them to be positive about their future. In a recent incident in her village a school friend whom she had know from small had come to know about her HIV status after a miscarriage. Her name is Reena (name changed) and she had been studying with Nadiya in the same school until 6th standard . As Reena’s parents died at a very early age and she was brought up by her aunt. Reena got married when she was 18 years and when she had a miscarriage she was
families with our services. If not for your helping hand it would not have been possible to help our children think beyond their existing circumstances. Your support has helped our children become the first generation graduates from the families we reach, prevent early marriages and school drop outs.
tested and found HIV positive. It became a big shock for Reena when she learnt her husband was HIV negative. Later on verifying how she would have been affected, she found she was infected from birth and her parents had died due to AIDS. On knowing this, her husband has deserted her
and she wanted to commit suicide. Nadiya, who comes from the same village had learnt about the incident went and shared about her status and how she is living healthy with treatment. She also brought her to the center to meet with the support
Upcoming Programs • Buds N Colors— Leadership Camp for emerging BUDS Leaders between May 13-16 @ Kotagiri, • Supporting 23 orphan children to enter under graduation this June 2014
group to feel encouraged to see others like her.
wants me out of the family
At the end Reena expressed
contracted to her child
“If not for Nadiya I would
though my presence at
have committed suicide, I
home. But after coming here
lost complete hope as my
and seeing many like me, I
husband had rejected me
feel supported and have
and now my aunt’s son’s wife
with whom I am staying
as she fears HIV may be
• Singapore International Foundation Volunteers from KK Children’s Hospital trainings May 28June 1st 2014
HEALTH Pongal celebrations: The support group of Children living with HIV (little stars) had Pongal celebrations at the government hospital on Jan 11th and about 20 children participated. It has been a yearly celebration that the children enjoyed sharing Pongal and sugar cane among them as well as have a closer interaction with the hospital staff. This has been the third year, the celebration has been held in the government ART center, Namakkal.
and orphan children) at the center on Jan 14th and about 30 children participated. Support group for women living with HIV: The first meeting for women for the year 2014 was organised in March to elicit the concerns they have around health and about their childrenâ€™s future. The needs and the recommendations were presented to state chapter
Pongal was also celebrated in the power
of Makkal Nala Iyakkam to be included
club (a value education club for women
in the state health recommendation.
EDUCATION Handling public exams effectively seminar for students appearing for 10th and 12th exams: A one day seminar was organised for 10th and 12th students at the Buds of Christ
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
center. About 15 adolescents partici-
port from the District Child Protection Committee, under the Sponsorship Program from Govt. This enables these children to receive a monthly monetary support of Rs. 1000/- for
pated and were provided with tips in
SPONSORSHIP from District Child
next 3 years. Buds of Christ applied
preparations for exams. Experiences
for 40 children and 24 children received support.
from previously passed out-students were facilitated to encourage the chil-
24 orphan children who are living
dren appearing for the exams.
with HIV, have been mobilized sup-
ADVOCACY Representation at the national level: Two adolescents, Shalini and Sakthivel were selected as representatives from Tamilnadu for the National Consultation for Adolescents organised by Positive Women Network from Jan 20th to 26th at New Delhi. It has been a firsttime experience for both of them to Caption describing picture or graphic.
meet other children like them from across the country. Jeyapaul, the director of Buds of Christ was the lead facilitator in the Consultation.
NETWORKING Geethalakshmi, Center In-charge of Buds of Christ was able to facilitate support to about 70 children from HIV affected families in Namakkal district with educational support through the OVC trust of TANSACS. The support was given to the children by the Mr Dhakshinamoorthi, Namakkal District Collector.
REVIEW of PROGRAMS The review meeting with the partici-
the participants of the Overcomers
improvement. However the spill-off
pants of the little stars and Overcom-
group will be moving into graduation in
benefit of the little stars is that three
ers was conducted to assess the learn-
the next academic year.
children who were drop outs from
ing the participants have derived from
school have been able to get back to
the sessions. It has been an encourag-
For the little stars there has been a
ing response especially among adoles-
mixed response in some children show-
cents from the Overcomers group who
ing increased level of understanding on
has been able to apply life skills espe-
the facts about HIV and AIDS while
cially in handling peer pressures. All
few children still have not shown much
school and are continuing schooling.
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Buds of Christ exists to empower child ren from the most disadvantaged communities, with a focus among children and girls who have lost their parent/s and is living in disadvantaged circ umstances of poverty, caste discriminated commun ities and HIV & AIDS. We recognize that children without the care of parents or guardian are often vulnerable to various forms of abuses and exploitation. We strive to empower these children to reduce their vulnerability and help them grow up to be capa ble adults in this world. We believe that unless children are emp owered, their wellbeing is not complete. Buds of Christ works under the H.E.A.L strategy with a mission
â€œto love, listen, learn and lead orph ans and vulnerable children to live life positively and with dignity and be children of hope and courage to their peers and to their communityâ€?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT their
For an orphan adolescent girl living
healed of their hurts
with HIV, the art helped her to
through art. In the ex-
emote her suppressed pains and hurt
ercise she asked all the
feelings. The workshop strengthened
participants to express
the relationships among peers and
their likes and dislikes
led Buds of Christ to have a closer
through art. For most
look at the real concerns of children
of them exploring their
born with HIV.
feelings through art was a first time experience. The
An Art workshop was organised for
part of the exercise was it helped
adolescents living with HIV by Esther
even the silent adolescents express
Joosa, Director of the Arts of the
their feelings to their peers.
Earth, Singapore. For an orphan adolescent boy, the The workshop brought in 20 adoles-
support group of adolescents living
cents who were able to express
with HIV has been his strongest like.
Esther Joosa, is a volunteer from Singapore International Foundation who came all the way from Singapore to impact the lives of adolescents living with HIV