Update 2017: *Heidi now lives at Joy Home Pink. *Heidi attends Little Lions Preschool in another of SCH’s homes in the city, where she is learning her basic shapes, colors, numbers, and alphabet. *Heidi is fully sponsored! This little squish is cute as ever, but also growing every day!
Well, here we are on day 20 of SCH’s 105 in 105 sponsorship campaign!
Today’s featured child is sweetheart *Heidi! *Heidi is two years old and was born with Down Syndrome, just like friendly *John – she is also such a little snugglebug! What a sweetheart she is, indeed.
From her smile to her heart-melting giggle, she is an all-around adorable child. There is a good chance that *Heidi could be adopted outside of her home country – Down Syndrome is still not accepted in her society, nor is hardly any other disability, so there is really no place for her there except for at SCH.
However, as you know, a lot of people in the US and abroad see that differently! Down Syndrome is not who *Heidi is, it is just a part of her – just as your blue eyes are a genetic difference, so is Down Syndrome. People with Down Syndrome can do anything someone without it can do! People with Down Syndrome are capable of living purposeful, independent lives full of meaning, and little *Heidi has as much “worth” as the next person! More like ‘Up Syndrome’ for *Heidi, who has such personality and purpose.
*Heidi came to SCH very recently (in 2012) and was rather weak, but all that has changed with the love and care she received at SCH! She has so much life in her now. What a beauty! She currently lives with other young children close to her age with a foster mother.
Are you one of her sponsors?
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: October 2009
Date to SCH: October 2011
Other Details about me: I have Down Syndrome and love to snuggle. I have an adorable giggle!
There are still many children at SCH waiting for their sponsor or sponsors. 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 $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.
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!
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