105 in 105, day 23: *Barnabas!

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.

Update 2019:

*Barnabas is fully sponsored!

*Barnabas lives at Courage Home Teal with foster brothers and a foster parent! Former foster father Nathan has transitioned back to the US after his commitment. Local foster mom Nimitha has taken his place! *Barnabas had a g-tube placed during Nathan’s time at SCH – read below for more info!

“*Barnabas moved in with us about three weeks ago, and has completely CAPTIVATED all 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 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!”

From his sponsorship page:

Time spent with *Barnabas is uniquely perfect; his quiet, observatory nature is mixed with a genuine curiosity of the world around him. He gets around by scooting on his bottom, and you can often find him hanging out under the kitchen table. He works on mobility and sensory processing in individualized classes at home.

Update 2017:

*Barnabas lives at Truth Home! 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.

Original post:

*Barnabas is the child of the day who 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 and 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 to love taking car rides and trips 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 someone loves him and believes in him.

From his sponsorship page:

Name: Barnabas

Age: 8

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 scoot myself around really well. I love car rides and going to the beach.

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 $350 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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PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.

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