WE opened our children’s home in 2007 on 6 acres of land located in Chitoor, a rural area outside of Virudhunagar. We currently have 30 children between the ages of 3 and 18 in our care who are either vulnerable or have been affected by HIV/AIDS and/or TB in some respect – orphaned by the disease, infected themselves and then rejected by their families or can no longer be supported by infected parent(s).
Crèche is a childcare center opened by Blossom in 2003 as a service to mother laborers.
As women’s economic and cultural power increases, so do their opportunities to find work. One obstacle that still prevents women from working, however, is childcare. Located in Pandian Nagar, a suburb of Virudhunagar, Crèche is operated by a trained teacher and an assistant, lunch is provided and parent-teacher meetings are conducted which provide feedback on the wellbeing of the children. On average 30 children between the age of 2 and 5 are under the care of Crèche. Crèche has been funded by the Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board in Chennai.
After the Buds Network has been brought to an end in 2010, three educational centres made a re-start under the name Bal Gurukul. These centers, located in Virudhunagar, Madurai district and Kanchipuram, offer “after school” support to vulnerable children. With support of IDF in Mumbai, Bal Gurukal provides physical education, life skill development and academic training for 75 children between 6-16 years old.
We help the children to overcome stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and TB by educating youths. We give special attention to girls for whom the school dropout rates are higher than any other group. Along with motivating the kids to work hard in school, the programme counsels parents and teachers to ensure that the children’s education is a top priority.