105 in 105, Day 14: *Victoria!

Fun Fact: The header photo (below) I use for all my SCH posts is actually a photo from *Victoria’s 12th or 13th birthday!

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

Updated 2018: 

*Victoria is fully sponsored!

To sponsor a child who needs sponsorship, refer to the resources at the bottom of this page. To meet *Victoria’s foster sisters who still need sponsorship, check out the Joy Home homepage (click link to be redirected).

*Victoria is listed for adoption on the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow! You can find out more by using the drop down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy‘ at the top of my blog and choosing the ‘Waiting Children‘ or ‘Find Me Friday‘ tabs!

*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.

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

PD: *Victoria wears a white lace dress w/ matching white bow in her black hair, parted on 1 side & falling to just below her shoulders, smiling for the camera! Part of her face is obscured to protect her identity.
*Victoria! Credit: SCH India/RR

PD: *Victoria wears a white lace dress w/ matching white bow in her black hair, parted on 1 side & falling to just below her shoulders, smiling for the camera! Part of her face is obscured to protect her identity.

Update 2017:

*Victoria lives at Joy Home with other schoolgirls. She’s fully-sponsored! She receives Braille training at a local institute for the blind, attends Anjali School for the Blind on-site at Courage Purple alongside foster sister *Stephanie, and is working on using Braille more often.

She can use a guide cane to help her get around, but prefers to navigate without it if possible. She has about 10% residual vision in one eye. *Victoria can read using a combination of magnification, glasses, and large print, and works very hard for this accomplishment.

Update 2015:

*Victoria attends Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad with some of her foster sisters, and has recently learned to use a guide cane. She is also beginning to learn Braille at school.

Original post:

Today’s featured child is *Victoria!

I love her! *Victoria is an amazing girl. She is spunky, loves getting attention, and is very RAMBUNCTIOUS! Victoria, as I mentioned yesterday, is almost completely blind, with only a tiny amount of residual vision, but that sure doesn’t slow her down AT ALL! She’s learning English and is happy, joyous, and LOUD! And by loud, I mean both volume-wise and a loud personality!

What a joy it would be to be able to get her full sponsorship, she deserves it!

*Victoria had a couple other birth defects (clubfoot and clinodactyly – fingers bent in the wrong direction) which have since been surgically corrected. She received a prosthetic eye last year to help keep her face symmetrical, boost her self esteem, and help her fit in. She is beautiful with or without it, in any case. Let’s give her the accomplishment of full sponsorship so she can reach her educational goals!

Sponsor *Victoria and watch her grow!!!

From her sponsorship page:

Name:  Victoria

Age: 8

Birth Date: April 2004

Date to SCH: March 2008

Other Details About Me: I am blind. I am rambunctious and silly, and am often getting into mischief.

Spread the word, sponsor a child!  SCH is doing great things!

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. You can 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.

*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.

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