May 12, 2015

Thank you for helping our children become OVERCOMERS

Poverty, HIV, orphan hood, stigma and fear challenge the children of Buds of Christ. Yet the children have overcome these challenges and have successfully cleared their exams to make an entry into colleges. Except for one child out of the seven who have appeared this year, none of their family members have entered colleges in their life time, and this has been possible with the generous support extended by well-wishers .

Buds of Christ has been working with these children since 2008, to ensure they continue schooling by providing them hope and encouragement along with educational kits, school uniforms, special educational support for young children in 10th and 12th standard and support for higher education. This has eased the burden of many families on educating their children.

Shakti and Siva are two orphan children living with chronic illness. Their lives have not been very smooth, often ridiculed and discriminated due to their health status. The psychosocial support and the educational support these children have continued education and have cleared their public exams and will be entering colleges this year.

Four girls who have appeared this year are from widow-headed households and passing 12th will enable them to continue higher education and end the cycle of early marriages.

As Buds of Christ celebrates this moment, we thank our well-wishers, Global Giving for their support towards these children. With your supportive hand, the seven young people are now entering a new horizon.

Apr 26, 2015

Parenting Skills for Widow Mothers

The mother’s meeting for this month was focused on understanding ”what is parenting”. As the group comprises of widow women living with HIV and having children living with HIV, in addition to being a nurturer, the women play an important role of being the breadwinner too. This has affected most of the women in spending quality time with their children.

The parenting introductory session was to help the women understand the different needs the children have and how parenting can help in the well-being of the child. In the first session, the women were asked to identify the different a child has; and in that the women could only relate to the physical and educational needs. The social interaction and emotional needs have not been focused and some even expressed that due to the HIV status they have imposed the children not to relate with others in the neighborhood due to the fear of stigma or being discriminated.

Following this, the mothers were taught the four types of parenting, the first one being -authoritarian and strict, the second authoritative and firm, third one permissive and fourth uninvolved or neglected care. These types were discussed in detail with case examples and the women could personally reflect their own parenting styles.

At the end of the session the women were able to personally reflect the parenting style that they were brought up and the parenting style that they are practicing now with their children. Majority expressed that they belonged to the authoritarian parenting style and have been practicing a mixed role of permissive and authoritarian parenting style. Everybody in the group gained an understanding of the authoritative and firm parenting style as the best form.