Ensuring access to sponsorship scheme for orphan children from Government
It has been a wonderful opportunity for 40 orphan children to avail the benefit for social security under the Sponsorship Program from the Namakkal district collector through the Integrated Child Protection Scheme. Orphan children under the care of extended families were referred to the District Child Protection Unit through Buds of Christ. After due verification process by the committee, 25 of our children have been supported with the monthly amount of Rs 2000 for next 3 years. This is given directly into the beneficiaries bank/post office account and is primarily to be used for the children's education, nutrition and wellbeing.
For the families that have received the support, it gives an additional support and encouragement to ensure children, especially girls are sent to school and greater benefit for orphan children affected by lifelong illnesses to receive better care.
For instance in the case of Anushya and Tirumalini, orphan and child suffering from lifelong illness; this support from the government will help the grandmother provide better care, otherwise the family is dependent on the grandfather's income which is very less and occasional.
In the case of Poomani a widow woman, whose living wage is doing maid work, the benefit ensures better care for her son who is on treatment for kidney problem and her two daughters for their education.
This has been possible with the active representation in presenting the issues of orphan children and children with lifelong illnesses by Mr. Jeyapaul, the founder director of Buds of Christ who was a member in the Sponsorship Approval Committee in Namakkal district under the leadership of the district collector.