Update 2017: *Annie has just moved from Jubilee Home to Faith Home, where she attends on-site school. She loves to listen to music and will always clap when it is playing! Her favourite activity is vocational class. Her customized wheelchair allows her to be upright and right in the center of all the action alongside her more mobile friends, which is exactly where she loves to be. Just read Sarah’s description of her below, and you’ll see what I mean! *Annie is fully sponsored! Learn how to sponsor one of her unsponsored or partially sponsored foster sisters by using the resources at the end of this post.
Update 2015: *Annie now lives in a foster home with foster father, mother, 3 sisters, and other older foster sisters. She attends on-site vocational school with her foster parents. She loves learning to play music with assistance. *Annie also received a custom wheelchair to help her be better-positioned.
Updated note from Sarah:
*Annie loves music, and will grin through a worship service. She understands much more than she can communicate, and gets down if she is not included among the more mobile teens, her friends. To know *Annie is to love her. *Annie has aged out and is no longer adoptable–sponsor her and help us idealize her life, as she will spend the rest of it with SCH. Bless you!
Can’t believe it’s already day 25. Today’s featured child is *Annie! *Annie is a beautiful 12-year-old preteen girl who lives with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability every day. *Annie needs assistance or support to sit and is not mobile or verbal, but she is so bright and understands almost everything that is said.
This girl is a snugglebug who is described as loving hugs and kisses! She has a sweet personality, but is not a child who is afraid to let you know what she wants. She has a genuine light in her eyes.
Are you one of *Annie’s sponsors? Older children are not available for adoption in India (*Annie has already aged out!), and they are less likely to be sponsored. But that does not mean they have any less worth! Let’s prove that belief wrong.
A child deserves to be loved no matter what their age. SCH doesn’t turn children or young adults out when they are ‘too old’ for traditional adoption – they are with SCH for life! So, if you are a follower of SCH, plan to see much more of *Annie through the years to come 🙂
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: December 1999
Date to SCH: February 2009
Other Details About Me: I have an Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. I have a gentle spirit and love hugs and kisses.
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!