My brother,Ramu (name changed) has become a man says a 9 year old girl about her 14 year old brother. When we asked how do you say that she expressed “he knows to smoke and even drinks and plays cards with his friends”
This is the condition of the boy and girl who had lost their parents when they were small and looked after by their aged aunt and uncle. The boy was stopped from school by his aunt when he was 12 years to support the income of the family. In spite of persuasion from our end to encourage him to go to school, his aunt was very firm about the decision. Now after 2 years though ramu is still a child has become independent in making his choice over drinking and smoking and even becoming violent against his aunt.
Currently of the 200 children we reach through Buds of Christ, 25 are children without both parents and about 90 are living with their widowed mother. In this condition many families struggle hard to send the children to school. It is to such families, Buds of Christ provides support through school bags, note books, uniforms and study guides to encourage children to be in school and prevent situation as that of Ramu.
On 23rd of June at Buds of Christ, Tiruchengode, about 70 children of the center have been distributed with note books and uniforms this year primarily focusing on girl children and semi-orphan children from very difficult circumstances. The support has built in confidence among children in pursuing higher goals and not limited by their family circumstances.