Update 2017: *Serene recently moved house with other older girls and young women from Jubilee Home to Faith Home in Ongole! There, she will have more opportunities to learn a vocation at her on-site school, where she also takes music classes and learns at her own academic level. She loves playing the maraca, doing puzzles, building with blocks, and coloring.
Today’s featured child of the day is… drumroll please… 14 year old sweetheart *Serene!
*Serene is described as having a timid personality – unless she doesn’t like something, and then she’ll let you know with a disapproving look and dissenting noise to match! *Serene is such a beautiful girl, even if it’s not in a conventional way. *Serene has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and intellectual disability, but her CP doesn’t seem to hinder her mobility at all, which is amazing! *Serene had a failed surgery on her feet in the past, yet she still tries so hard to get around, hanging onto rails or whatever she needs to hold to get where she’s going! Now THAT’S determination.
*Serene was given her nickname by Sarah way back in 2009, when she first came to SCH, because she was very high-strung and clingy – her nickname was a hope for peace in *Serene’s young mind. It looks like she has found that balance between energy and calmness that only love and proper care can provide. She loves to watch movement and people around her – sounds like *Serene would be great at bird watching!
Her personality is described as unique, quirky, funny and dramatic – do I see a future in comedy or Tollywood productions (like Bollywood, but produced right in Andhra Pradesh where SCH is located – learn more through the link) for *Serene?! Insight from a volunteer says that *Serene loves masala (chai) tea, as well! This is a girl after my own heart…
Are you one of *Serene’s sponsors?
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 1997
Date to SCH: March 2009
Other Details About Me: I have Cerebral Palsy and an Intellectual Disability. I am a comical, energetic child.
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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.
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