Update 2017: *Cedar now lives in a family-style foster home, Courage Home Purple, in Hyderabad. He is an acrobat who is learning to navigate his surroundings using a guide cane for the blind. Nikki and Merissa include *Cedar in Anjali School for the Blind, where he practices using his guide cane as well as other self-care skills. In addition to the foster siblings listed in his previous update, he has also gained siblings in *Teagan and *Mae. *Theo, named Vignesh, *Louise, named Aleeya, *Addie, named Divya, and *Charlotte, named Deepa (now Nikki’s daughter) have been adopted! *Cedar remains fully sponsored.
Update 2015: *Cedar now lives with foster moms Nikki and Tori and 11 foster siblings: *Lily, *Nolan, *Dinah, *Molly, *Jasmine, *Theo, *Louise, *Selah, *Chloe, *Brianna, and *Charlotte. He is making progress in playing with toys and interacting with people with whom he is close. He is now attending on-site school for children who are too young to attend schools for the blind in India (they usually start at age 7 and don’t believe blind kids under 7 benefit from education). It is called Anjali School for the Blind and was created by his foster moms when they realised the lack of resources for blind children under 7.
Update: *Cedar has learned to walk independently and feed himself! He’s been diagnosed with institutional autism.
UPDATE: Sweet *Cedar has been FULLY SPONSORED! So great to hear.
Well, here we are on day 3 of SCH’s 105 in 105 sponsorship campaign. Today’s child is *Cedar! He’s a cute little guy who is three years old, blind, and also developmentally delayed from the neglect he endured in his early life at an Indian government orphanage.
He recently participated in a four-week ‘Ability Camp’, created by volunteers Nikki and Sarah, who chose *Cedar and three other children (including *Lily) to focus on skills to help them reach goals of independence. *Cedar took his first steps with a walker, and is stronger as a result of the help he received! *Cedar does sit assisted and take assisted steps, but prefers to lay down. He lacks the motivation to stimulate himself because he can’t see, and needs lots of extra encouragement!
From *Cedar’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: December 2008
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I am blind and have institutional autism. I am a very happy, silly little boy with a contagious laugh. I am making great progress in working toward standing up by myself and learning how to walk.
I don’t think I’ve posted specifically about what this sponsorship money goes toward.
What Sponsorship Covers
All daily, routine expenses are covered with child sponsorship: housing, traditional Indian meals rich in a variety of meat, vegetables, & fruit, nutritional supplements (Pediasure, vitamins, minerals), diapers (if needed), caregiver & nurse salaries, laundry, clothing, medicines, physiotherapy, and doctor’s visits.
Some… factors that go into th[e] cost… lie within the very nature of the children we are caring for. Due to a variety of different conditions, our children rely heavily upon additional caregivers, medicines and nutritional supplements. Additionally, many… require diapers for longer periods of time than more traditional homes for abandoned children. Furthermore, we have committed to not turning children out once they reach a certain age. (paraphrased)
So, now you know exactly where your funds are going.
Sponsorship helps reduce out-of-pocket costs for SCH, and contributes to better care for each unique, beautiful, individual child or young adult.
Spread the word, sponsor a child!
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 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 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 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!