Update 2018: *Dhivena still needs $275/month to be fully sponsored. You can sign up to sponsor her here, and then you’ll get to hear about her and all she’s doing, quarterly (4x/year)!
Update 2017: *Dhivena now lives at Faith Home Orange with 6 foster sisters, as well as twin sister *Amulya. She attends on-site school, where she learns to make handicrafts, attends a music class, and learns at her own educational level. *Dhivena loves to listen to music and make bracelets and necklaces in her vocational class!
Update 2015: *Dhivena now lives in a foster home with foster father, mother, 3 sisters, and other older foster sisters, as well as her twin, *Amulya. She attends on-site vocational school with her foster parents. She is learning sign language, music, and handwork – jewelry making and garland stringing.
Doesn’t child of the day *Dhivena (Div-en-ah) have a beautiful blog name? *Dhivena is a very happy fifteen year old who has epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability along with a bright, friendly personality and she is one of the first to greet you when you visit her foster home! *Dhivena also has some strabismus (eyes that do not focus the same direction, usually due to muscle weakness) that does not appear to affect her sight.
Aren’t twins twice the fun?! *Dhivena has a twin sister, *Amulya, and the pair can always be seen waving down from the balcony of the second story when you first arrive at their home! She is quick to greet you with a hug and lead you around to show you her room. I love *Dhivena’s 1000-watt smile! Before coming to SCH, she had very tight tendons behind her knees, and clubbed feet, which made it impossible for her to walk on them until she received a surgery to fix, which helped her move from getting around on her knees to walking.
This means that *Dhivena walked for THE FIRST TIME at the age of TWELVE. Can you imagine going twelve years without walking, even though you are capable of it? The only thing standing in *Dhivena’s way was time, physical therapy, medical intervention, and attention – if she had not been neglected in the government home where she grew up, *Dhivena could probably have walked at a normal age with the proper help, encouragement, and physical therapy to keep her tendons and muscles looser, and surgery to correct her feet.
She got all those things at SCH, including the complicated surgery to fix the problems, not to mention amazing love and attention!
Together, the twins’ names mean Precious (*Amulya) Blessing (*Dhivena)!
Are you one of *Dhivena’s sponsors?
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 1996
Date to SCH: January 2008
Other Details About Me: I have Cerebral Palsy, an Intellectual Disability, and Epilepsy. I can walk fairly well, and have an exuberant, joyful personality!
Spread the word, sponsor a child! They deserve it!
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.
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