Update 2017: Vignesh (formerly *Theo on this blog and his nickname at SCH) has been adopted by a family who lives in America! There, he was also reunited with former foster sister Aleeya (formerly *Louise), and the two were ring bearer and flower girl at former foster mom Tori’s wedding! How special for these three to be able to experience this together.
Update 2015: *Theo has received orthotics to help position his feet correctly and is now completely, independently mobile. He can walk very well. *Theo is learning to speak, thanks to his CI. He is also fluent in ASL. He has a great role model in his older foster brother, *Nolan, who also is D/deaf and has a CI, and is best friends with *Louise, his foster sister who is close to him in age and also has a CI. *Theo lives with foster moms Nikki and Tori and 11 foster siblings: *Lily, *Nolan, *Dinah, *Cedar, *Jasmine, *Molly, *Louise, *Selah, *Chloe, *Brianna (CK – adopted!), and *Charlotte (Deepa – adopted!).
Update: It has been discovered that *Theo does not have hydrocephalus. It was also discovered that he is D/deaf, for which he is learning ASL and has received a cochlear implant.
Today’s child of the day is *Theo! *Theo is a cute little guy who is one year old. He just came to SCH in May (2012). *Theo has repaired spina bifida and a couple other disorders like hydrocephalus and clubbed feet. His cuteness factor is 1000%, regardless! *Theo’s story is just beginning, and it’s already different from the story of most kids at SCH – instead of arriving in a ‘batch’ with multiple children, as has happened in the past, *Theo was referred all by himself. His nurse fell in love instantly!
*Theo is fully sponsored, though other kids at SCH are not. To inquire about the sponsorship needs of any child and possibly sponsor one of them, use the resources following *Theo’s bio, below.
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: May 2011
Date to SCH: May 2012
Other Details About Me: I have spina bifida and club feet (since repaired). Since being with SCH, I have had a shunt placed and am gaining strength. I have feeling and some movement in my legs. From day one, I’ve been a charmer and have fit in nicely at the baby home where I live.
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!