This post is about Sarah’s Covenant Homes’ just-recently launched ‘105 in 105’ campaign, the goal of which is to get all 105 kids at SCH sponsored by someone, or a group of someones, who will contribute donations to that specific child monthly – in order to give them a better life.
SCH sends children to school. SCH makes sure the children are fed, taken care of, and well-loved. SCH raises children – beautiful, amazing children who might otherwise be shunned, ridiculed, or ignored by the society in which they live, all because they do not fit into what is deemed ‘normal’ within their country.
SCH gives them a safe, loving environment in which to blossom and grow, strengthens both their strengths and weaknesses, takes care of them, loves on them, and looks past their needs to each individual child or young adult. Each child or young adult has a team of foster parents, ayahs, and/or nurses who take care of them. Most of the children are now living in foster homes with volunteer house parents, and the goal is to eventually have all the children and young adults in these foster homes or even adopted!
The ideal number of children expected for each home is between 6 and 12, depending on the number of foster parents and other caregivers. If you think $40 a month is a lot, can you imagine packing up your entire life and moving to India to serve the children directly? This region of India recently changed their laws on adoption, and now eligible children can be adopted from the area!
SCH is entirely funded by donations, folks.
Update 2017: *Lily lives at Courage Home Purple, with foster moms Nikki and Merissa. She has gained 3 new foster siblings: *Addie, *Mae, and *Teagan. 3 of her former foster siblings, *Theo (Vignesh), *Louise (Aleeya), and *Charlotte (Deepa, adopted by Nikki) have been adopted! *Lily longs for a family, and is listed with both Children’s Home Society of Minnesota (Lily) and Reece’s Rainbow (Lily).
In her class at ASB, *Lily is learning to read, and can now read Bob books with prompting. She uses a gait trainer to walk, a device that allows her to be upright and supported, so she can do fun things like run and kick a soccer ball! *Lily also can ride an adaptive bicycle! She loves to help take care of the family’s new kittens. She remains fully sponsored.
Update 2015: *Lily is fully sponsored. She is learning to use a communication device, an iPad app called Proloquo2go, because her CP makes it difficult for her to use her mouth to speak. She is learning to make simple food items like PB & J, and still loves to help out with the younger children in her home. Sometimes, she helps *Molly learn her on-site school work. She can walk independently with the help of custom ankle-foot orthotics, but gets around much quicker by scooting on her knees. She lives with foster moms Nikki and Tori and 11 foster siblings: *Nolan, *Dinah, *Cedar, *Molly, *Jasmine, *Theo, *Louise, *Selah, *Chloe, *Brianna, and *Charlotte.
So without further ado, here is the first child featured in the 105 in 105 Campaign: *Lily!
*Lily is the first child to be featured for 105 in 105!
She’s such a beautiful and joyful child who loves to play with baby dolls being a mommy, help take care of the younger children at SCH, and visit the beach! *Lily has cerebral palsy and a manageable chronic illness, neither of which slow her down at all or change her sweet, loving, caring, helpful personality! She is not the sum of her diagnoses – she is so much more! *Lily’s club feet and strabismus (crossed eyes) have been surgically corrected.
She was recently part of a great physical therapy program in which 2 volunteers, Nikki and Sarah, focused on 4 children to give them the love and attention they need to advance in some part of their lives. *Lily is now potty-independent and knows how to walk, *Cedar sits without support and has started walking, *Jasmine trusts a little more now when attempting to walk, walks with a walker, and stands on her own, *Dinah can now army crawl and walk with a walker… can you see what attention, love, and persistence does for the children of SCH?
From *Lily’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: September 2004
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have Cerebral Palsy, an Intellectual Disability, and HIV. Upon coming to SCH, my crossed eyes and clubbed feet were fixed. I am an adorable, happy girl who loves being a helper and giving hugs.
I know making a commitment to donate money every month seems like a lot to ask, and I myself as a working University student cannot afford to do so right now, but can you please pass this on if you are not able to give a set amount of funds monthly?
There are many ways to contribute to SCH. Will you please consider becoming an advocate for these children? Blog about them, pass on SCH’s important messages, repost this blog – all it takes is a quick copy-paste, and you’re done. Each and every child at SCH deserves the best quality care possible. You can be a part of something bigger!
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsors at any cost per month, from as low as $10/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $500 per child, depending on complexity of needs and which city they live in (Ongole or Hyderabad).
You can sponsor any child who needs additional funding at SCH by using the resources found here. Use these resources to get involved in other ways, such as becoming an advocate or volunteering. You can also become a medical sponsor (ideal for large groups or organizations who wish to support SCH) and donate toward monthly emergency medical expenses; or an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school. Learn about other ways to give charitably to SCH here, and check back often for additional opportunities.
*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian governmental guidelines which state that children in care may not have identifying photos of them on the internet, as well as no identifying information such as birth name, place of origin, etc.
You can also send gifts via Amazon India, make a one-time, general donation, pray if that is your calling, or volunteer at home or in India yourself by using these resources!