Update 2018: *Barnabas now lives at Courage Home Teal with his foster brothers and new foster dad, Nathan! He needs $275/month in sponsorship. Sign up to sponsor him here!
*Barnabas also needs a feeding tube, for which his foster dad is currently fundraising. Read more here. The following blog text is from a recent post by Nathan (follow him here – you can contact him privately to see full-face photo blogs), *Barnabas’ foster dad:
*Barnabas moved in with us about three weeks ago and has completely CAPTIVATED all of my attention! He is so curious, full of energy and excitement. I have loved the tender invitations into his world and am thankful that they are becoming more frequent as we get to know each other better. *Barnabas is constantly on the move, constantly giggling and constantly playing with everyone’s sandals (whether they are being worn or not).
Thank you so much to those who have already donated to *Barnabas’s G-tube surgery! This surgery will bring his quality of life up in big and exciting ways! It will give him the opportunity to put on much needed weight and feel stronger and more energized throughout the day… something many of us take for granted every, single day! If you would like to help *Barnabas reach his goal, you can donate through here! ❤ 🇮🇳
Update 2017: *Barnabas lives at Truth Home! Truth Home is the newest building for SCH. You can donate to the start-up costs of rent and running the home at the link above! He scoots on his bum to get around, and is very fast! *Barnabas enjoys car rides, bouncing on a big therapy ball, and sitting in the water at the beach as waves come by.
*Barnabas is the child of the day that is featured today! He’s so handsome. *Barnabas is 8 years old and has epilepsy and cerebral palsy. He was recently evaluated by a pediatric neurologist volunteer to help better dose his medications to help him thrive. He’s gaining motor control! Working in occupational therapy, he reaches for his cup – he’s working so hard.
*Barnabas is noted as loving to take car rides and go to the beach. He can often be found deep in contemplation, with his head resting on his knees. What do you think he is thinking about?
Will you be one of his sponsors, so maybe one day we will be able to know what *Barnabas thinks about?
Sponsorship will go toward his food, medical care, clothing, diapers, other things he may need – and most of all, it will show Barnabas that someone loves him and believes in him.
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: May 2004
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and an Intellectual Disability. I don’t walk, but can scootch myself around really well. I love car rides and going to the beach.
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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!