It is another joyous moment to share that our children have excelled in their 10th public exams and going beyond the limitations and challenges once again. The experiences of these children, especially widow headed households face the pressures of early marriages; or stopping education and sent for work to support the family income. In addition if they are the most backward caste in the community, they are often discriminated by other members in the community.
|Bharathi has put her dream path, possible |
challenges and how she would overcome them
Bharathi is from the most backward community and living with her widowed mother. She has one elder sister who eloped and got married to a boy from the neighbouring village. Bearing the stigma of run-away sister, widowed mother’s daughter and the caste discrimination, along with severe power cuts that lasted up to 12 hours in a day, Bharathi as young as 14 years took these obstacles as milestones to prove her capacity and bring a great rewarding experience for her mother.
Bharathi has scored 408 in her 10th standard and has proved to her fellow peers that one need not succumb to challenges but surpass them.
Her excited mother expressed “on hearing the results, I did not know what to say, Bharathi has brought honor among my family and the community I live. We were ridiculed by everybody in our family and the community of elder daughter’s decision and it was always a hard experience for Bharathi and me to face the community. Now Bharathi has lifted my honor within my family and my community and I am proud of my daughter Bharathi”
Bharathi dreams to be a doctor and is passionate about her dream to serve the poor and neglected in her community. Buds of Christ is supporting Bharathi’s educational and nutritional needs for the past 2 years. Bharathi is now a role model for other orphaned children at Buds of Christ to believe “nothing is impossible for those that believe”