Update 2018: *Christina loves to dance, and participates in many SCH events! *Christina needs $210/month to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here! Sponsors receive quarterly updates (that’s 4x/year!) about their child or young adult’s progress. Older children and young adults are less likely to receive sponsorship, simply because they are not the cutest or cuddliest. But they are so worth it!
Update 2017: *Christina is one of the girls who recently moved from Jubilee Home into Faith Home Yellow, so the girls can have a better ratio of care to each child. She has now medalled in 2 events in the Special Olympics! She attends on-site school where she works at her own educational level, continues to learn to make handicrafts as a vocation, and takes music class. She is enthusiastic about learning, and especially enjoys her music classes!
Update 2015: *Christina now lives in a foster home with foster father, mother, 3 sisters, and other older foster sisters. Mainstream school wasn’t the right fit for her, so she now attends on-site vocational school with her foster parents. She is learning sign language, music, and handwork – jewelry making and garland stringing.
Today’s featured child is *Christina! *Christina is ALWAYS smiling. According to her foster mother, if she’s not smiling, something’s wrong. *Christina is thirteen years old and has an oh-so-stunning smile, too. She’s described as a generally happy girl! *Christina has an intellectual disability, but guess what – she attends mainstream private school! Because contrary to what people might think, intellectual disability is not the end of the world. *Christina loves to sing and dance, and has participated in the Special Olympics. She loves school and practices her letters and numbers all the time.
*Christina was born early and very sick, and her parents couldn’t care for her. So, she was abandoned. She lived in a government orphanage until the age of 9, when Sarah swooped in and plucked her and other children just like her from that place, to bring them to SCH where they could receive the care and love they needed. Since then, *Christina has made great strides – and look where she is today! I am glad *Christina now gets to share her happiness with the world – doesn’t it seem a little brighter now that you’ve met her?! *Christina now loves life, as we all should strive to do.
*Christina needs sponsors. Basic sponsorship pays for all the things *Christina deserves in life – hot meals, a warm bed, clothing, caregivers/teachers/staff, plus more – but most of all, love. It makes sure all her needs are met, so she can stay happy and healthy!
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: November 1998
Date to SCH: February 2008
Other Details About Me: I have an intellectual disability. I attend mainstream school. I have a joyful spirit and love to sing!
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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!