Mar 18, 2015

Silent Yet Supportive – Courageous Buds Mother

Nadiya, the bold face and hope for many young girls living with HIV is the emerging star leader at Buds of Christ. Her life’s journey has not been a bed of roses but her persistent courage and confidence has helped her overcome her struggles. One of the key support that she leaned on to leap was her mother.

Nadiya's mother not a literate was married as a second wife. Within few years of marriage, he died leaving Nadiya and her mother with HIV. Her mother, being the second wife and affected by HIV, was  discriminated at many situations. There were instances when the relatives and the step children stood agaisnt both of  them accusing them with harsh words and kept them out of any family occasions and functions. They moved on supporting each other. Then another failure struck Nadiya hwen she failed in her 10th standard, even at that moment, her mother was silent and supportive. Few months later, Nadiya and her mother were thrown out of the house they were living by the step-brother claiming authority over the house. But that did not daunt the mother and daughter.

After a year of struggle trying many courses, she finally joined a beautician course that she enjoyed the most with a supportive trainer. After a year training at the institute, she is now joined as  assistant beautician in the same parlour. Nadiya in her free time volunteers with Buds of Christ in encouarging young girls like her to live life with hope. On this women's day celebration we salute Nadiya and specially her mother who has been silently supporting her in all conditions to be what she wants to be.

Mar 15, 2015

Saluting Geetha who is determined to see her daughters realise their dreams.....

Geetha, 36 years, mother of three girls was married when she was 16 years old. Even though she was a bright student in her class, her parents arranged her marriage to a lorry driver. Though she was upset that she could not pursue her dreams her marriage was a happy one as her husband was loving and caring towards her.

After 12 years of marriage, when she was 28 years old and her third daughter was five years old, her husband died of AIDS. Geetha was immediately tested for HIV and was found positive. All her dreams of family and children just fell out of place as she imagined her three children dying due to AIDS.

Hope of living came back when she learnt her three daughters were negative, but the fear of bringing up her three daughters engulfed her and it was then her brother consoled and brought Geetha to her mother's place. While she was at her mother's place she started visiting agencies for support and came to know about Buds of Christ. She learnt about HIV through the women's support group and committed herself to work for the cause of children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Slowly she took the courage of managing her life independently and has been able to put her three daughters in good  schools. When her oldest daughter was 15 years marriage proposals came in, but she stood firm by her daughter saying that "I do not want her to stop her studies and become like me, I want her to move forward towards achieving her dream and will stand by her against all odds".

Geetha has been an inspiration to many widowed mother with daughters in standing against early marriages and encouraging the daughters towards  higher studies. Her eldest  daughter is active volunteer of  Buds of Christ in helping young girls like her through peer counselling and support groups.