Update 2019: *Lily has a family coming! This has been a long-time dream of mine, as well as her foster moms and many others, and I’m so happy for her family. I can’t wait to see her continue to thrive! Support them by visiting the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy‘ at the top bar of my blog, then selecting ‘In-Progress Adoptions‘! You can also do so directly here.
From her sponsorship page:
*Lily’s bright smile brings joy to everyone she meets. She one of a kind – she is sweet, gentle, and, at the drop of a hat, adorably rowdy and completely goofy. This girl is known for how well she cares for – and loves on – others – she makes sure tears are wiped, tummies are tickled, and friends are hugged. *Lily attends classes every day and receives physiotherapy multiple times a week. *Lily grows stronger every day, and always enjoys every chance she gets to race in her gait trainer on the roof or test it out on neighborhood streets. She also loves to read and write; she is refining her communication skills by using assistive technology on the iPad to supplement spoken and ASL sign language.
Update 2018: *Lily lives at Courage Home Purple, with foster moms Nikki and Merissa. She has gained 5 new foster siblings: *Mae, *Ainsley (*Ainsley’s family is coming!), *Georgie (adoption info), *Piper, and *Izzy (adoption info). 7 of her former foster siblings, *Theo (Vignesh), *Louise (Aleeya), *Addie (Divya, adopted by Merissa!), *Selah (Kavi, who joined brother Vignesh!), *Brianna (CK, adopted by the new directors of SCH!), *Chloe, and *Charlotte (Deepa, adopted by Nikki!) have all been adopted!
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 can also ride an adaptive bicycle! She loves to help take care of the family’s pets as well as her younger siblings. She is a true teenager who would sometimes prefer to be left alone in peace so she can watch videos on YouTube on her iPad! She remains fully sponsored.
PD: *Lily, facing away from the camera, using her gait trainer to run across the balcony. She wears a black dress with a heart-shaped cutout in the back, & her hair is in a bun.
PD: *Lily wears a gray dress, riding a bike adapted for people w/ disabilities; she has straps that help keep her feet on the pedals.
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.
This post is about Sarah’s Covenant Homes’ 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 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 (caregivers), and nursing staff who take care of them. The children are now all living in one of SCH’s 7 foster homes with volunteer house parents, and the goal is to eventually have all the homes have parents or even be adopted, if possible!
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 $300/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.
All About Lily!
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 whilst pretending to 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 was born with club feet and strabismus (crossed eyes), which have been surgically repaired.
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 and a manageable chronic illness. Upon coming to SCH, my strabismus and bilateral clubfoot were repaired through surgery. 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 $25/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $500 per child, depending on complexity of needs and in which city they live (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 become 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 government 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!