*Victoria Update

PD: *Victoria stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari for her birthday that is hot pink, blue, & gold w/ paisley accents & sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles.

Update 2018:

*Victoria lives at a foster home called Joy Home, with some foster sisters who are also blind and some who are sighted. She attends Anjali School for the Blind part-time, and can read both Braille and print using the very little amount of residual vision she has in one eye. For this purpose, she wears glasses. She’s an ace at navigating her surroundings and rarely uses a guide cane. She can often be found leading others around the home!

*Victoria is listed on Reece’s Rainbow. To learn more, refer to the ‘Adoption Advocacy‘ drop-down menu at the top of my blog and select ‘Waiting Children‘ or ‘Find Me Friday‘!

I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant

*Victoria has seen her best friend, *Jeanette, and many others go home with families, and desperately wants one herself! She is AT RISK OF AGING OUT! She must be adopted before her 16th birthday. Victoria would reportedly do best in a family where she could be the youngest or only child, so she can get the attention she craves.

PD: *Victoria wears a white lace dress & white bow in her dark brown, shoulder-length hair. She has a big smile under the graphic that protects her identity.

PD: *Victoria wears a white lace dress & white bow in her dark brown, shoulder-length hair. She has a big smile under the graphic that protects her identity.

*Victoria is fully sponsored at this time.

However, the following foster sisters still need additional sponsorship funds:

*Gemma (needs $85/month)
*Heidi** (needs $110/month)
*Honor (needs $265/month)
*Jackalynn (needs $100/month)
*Lucy (needs $150/month)
*Muffy (needs $300/month)
*Paxton (needs $100/month)
*Stephanie (needs $50/month)
*Tricia** (needs $160/month)

Note: if you see ** next to a girl’s name, that means she’s listed for adoption with the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow! To learn more, visit my blog menu and choose the ‘Adoption Advocacy‘ drop-down menu – from there, click ‘Waiting Children‘ or ‘Find Me Friday‘ to learn more about each girl! Girls over the age of 11 are eligible for an Older Child Grant through RR. Learn more at their website.

*Esther is fully sponsored!

*Anna, *Eloise, *Violet, *Livy, and *Rosie have all been adopted!

Original post:

It’s not her turn for 105 in 105 yet, but *Victoria is special to me. I don’t know why, but I’m drawn to her spunky personality and perseverance – and I’ve never even met her! You can read updates about *Victoria by using the categories on my blog, or search for her name in the tags.

She is a beautiful 8-year-old girl who is mostly blind (she has about 10% residual vision in one eye) and attends Devnar School for the Blind with some of her foster sisters! *Victoria sometimes wears a prosthetic eye (she has single-sided anophthalmia – missing one eye, and ‘orbital and hemifacial right microsomia’ – here for more information); she was beautiful before it, and she’s beautiful now with it!

A prosthetic eye may not seem like much to someone who doesn’t need it, but it can make a world of difference for children in India who need one. Having a prosthetic eye where one is missing not only helps *Victoria ‘fit in’ in a society that requires it, it also helps to make sure her face grows proportionally as she does (having an eye in the socket helps to keep the face growing evenly), not to mention it’s a confidence boost for her to be perceived as ‘normal’ in her society.

Spread the word, sponsor a child.  Post about day 13’s featured child to come.

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 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!

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram

PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.

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