Mar 10, 2018

Our Widow Mothers and Grandmas sharing their Concerns on International Women's Day

International Women's day was commemorated on March 10th 2018 at the Nalam Child Development Centre, Project of Buds of Christ at Tiruchengode. This year the focus was on highlighting the concerns of women and grandmothers in the context of HIV. The chief guests for the meeting were Ms. Aseen Banu, Secretary /Sub Judge, District Legal Services Authority, Namakkal, Mr. Saddique Ali, Senior Administrative Officer and Dr. Dhivya, Medical officer, ART centre, Tiruchengode.

The women's group of the centre presented their concerns in the areas of Health, Social, Economic, Emotional and Protection context and also derived a set of recommendations. The key highlights were on stigma and discrimination in the private health care settings, family, work place and community, economic instability due to lack of regular income, burden of supporting their children's education and protection issues of widow women and children.

Ms. Aseen Banu spoke about the laws and acts that help women and children like the Prevention of Child Marriage, domestic violence and also on protection issues. She also assured the support from the district legal authority on any issues of discrimination in the hospital setting, land disputes, property issues and on all legal issues and facilitating access to the government schemes were assured at the meeting. 

The support in accessing the legal services through Para legal volunteers in enabling a friendly access to the legal benefits was also ensured. Further legal advice and counsel has been ensured at the centre on a monthly basis.

The Medical officer Dr. Dhivya also assured full support of the team in ensuring a conducive environment for people living with HIV in the treatment settings not only in Govt hospitals but also in private hospitals by talking and sensitising them. The commemoration ended with acknowledging and awarding a widow women and a grand mother as STARS in providing the best possible care for their children and grandchildren.

Mar 9, 2018

International Women's Day - Buds of Christ builds HOPE among daughters of widow women in rural India

As March 8th is commemorated as the International women's day, we at Buds of Christ Charitable Trust take this opportunity to thank all the donors who through their generous donations have built confidence and hope for the widow women in ensuring their daughters are educated and empowered. Buds of Christ would like to present a case study to show how your support has impacted in the lives of women in ensuring their daughters are educated.

Sangeetha is an orphan herself brought up by her aunt. She had studied till 8th standard and when she was 13 years old, her aunt got her married to a man aged 30 years old. He was a truck driver, but very loving towards her. She had her first child, when Sangeetha was just 14 years old and second child, when she was 17 years old and when she was 20 years old her husband passed away due to a chronic health condition. Being young and with two little girl children, her in laws started treating her badly and accusing her as the cause of her husband's death.

It was during that time, she felt the need to move out separately as the in-laws were even threatening to kill her and her two daughters. She started looking out for small jobs and with the income she managed the family. When her first daughter attained puberty, there were many marriage proposals brought to her to have her married, it was at that time, she was reached through Buds of Christ and supported with the educational support for the two daughters. Now her first daughter is completing her first year graduation in English and her second daughter is doing her 10th class. She always mentions that if not for the health and educational support of herself and her daughters, the situations that had aroused in her life would have repeated in her daughters lives too.

Thank you dear supporters for lighting the lives of widows and orphan children.