Jul 12, 2017

Studying well and scoring good marks is the gift I can given for my mother

Brindha is from a family of three girls brought up by her widowed mother. They live in a rural village in Namakkal district. Here in this part of the district girl children are seen as a burden to the family and so when Brindha was born the third girl in the family, she was less accepted by her paternal grandparents. They made attempts of killing her as an infant. It was her mother and her family who stood against the act and rescued her from that situation.

Within few years, her father died due to ill health when Brindha was in first standard. Her mother  who had studied till high school had limited opportunities for work in rural areas and the only work she could get was working as a coolie labourer. She then joined work in a social organisation as a field worker and changed the girls to English medium from the government Tamil medium school.

Though Brindha had difficulty in adjusting from the local language to complete English medium of instruction in her subjects, she worked hard to be among the top 10 in her class. She wanted to make her mother proud for the hard efforts she has been putting towards a better education. The global giving support had helped meeting the needs of uniform, books and stationery for the academic year.

In the recently held 10th public board exams, Brindha  had scored 495/500 and stood second highest scorer in the school. On asking what motivated her to score such makes, she had expressed that "Studying well and scoring good marks is what I think would be the only best gift, I can give in return for the sacrifices my mother have made for us”.

Mar 1, 2017

National Girl Child Day - January 24th

National Girl child day commemorated on January 24th to highlight the importance of girl child was celebrated at Tiruchengode ART on 28th January with 10 HIV Positive girl children and their care takers at the ART centre premises.

The meeting started with a video presentation (Komal) on the sexual abuse affecting young girls. After the video presentation a discussion on the forms of abuse young girls face and the solutions or the safety measures children can practice was done.

Following this ,there was a short story telling on the gender preferences and disparities that affect the status of girl children and the purpose of the commemoration of National girl child day. This was followed by a discussion that reinforced the special status a girl child enjoys in a country.

The day was also dedicated in honouring the care takers of young children by gifting mementos to the care takers by the children themselves. Prizes were distributed to the children who answered the quiz that was handled at the final part of the programme.

The day ended with snacks and lunch facilitated by the ART centre team. The technical support for the meeting was provided by Buds of Christ.

Feed back :
I liked the video and the story discussion and was able to know "What is bad touch " and only my mother or my care taker and doctor under the supervision of my parents are allowed to touch my private areas.-expressed a 11 year old girl

I learnt that ,we can call 1098 for help and also share it our adults and also shout out when somebody is abusing us.-expressed a 12 year old child.