Update 2017: *Dinah continues to thrive at Courage Home Purple, where she lives with her co-foster mom Merissa and 12 foster siblings. Her other co-foster mom, Nikki, and Nikki’s adopted daughter Deepa (formerly *Charlotte on this blog), live in an apartment downstairs – where Merissa will be moving in a short while, as she pursues the adoption of one of *Dinah’s newest foster sisters, *Addie! Meet all the siblings here (Courage Purple is at the bottom of the page). One of *Dinah’s sponsors recently had to cancel, and so she is now in need of an additional $25/month! Are you one of her sponsors? Sign up here!
*Dinah attends Anjali School for the Blind, where she learns at her own academic educational level and works on skills like strengthening her muscles (her legs are mainly affected by her CP, and her muscles can get tight if she doesn’t get regular PT), focusing her eyes, and doing other fun, educational activities. *Dinah’s nystagmus affects her vision slightly, so as stated in the previous update, she continues to do eye exercises to help her focus. Otherwise, she has some vision. She also attends regular hippotherapy, or horseback riding, each week!
*Dinah has some of the prettiest, most-coveted hair in the house! Her foster moms won’t allow it to be cut, it’s that beautiful! The ayahs (caregivers) in the home love to practice new hairstyles on *Dinah. Here’s a photo:
Update 2015: *Dinah has said her first word! She is working on her nystagmus with some simple eye-strengthening exercises with her foster moms. She lives with foster moms Nikki and Tori and 11 foster siblings: *Lily, *Nolan, *Dinah, *Cedar, *Jasmine, *Theo (adopted!), *Louise (adopted!), *Selah, *Chloe, *Brianna, *Mae, *Addie, *Teagan, and *Charlotte (Deepa – adopted!).
Update: *Dinah has been diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Learn more by clicking the provided link! She has learned to walk independently, and is now playing with toys, engaging with other children, and learning to communicate using augmented communication (choice buttons and picture cards)!
Meet today’s featured child of the day in SCH’s sponsorship fundraising program: *Dinah!
*Dinah is 4 years old and sooo pretty. She is an adorable, giggly girl whose smile lights up a room! She has nystagmus, which means her eyes wiggle or move, and it may be affecting her vision. Her other special needs are undiagnosed at this time (see updates!).
*Dinah learned to army crawl and walk with a walker this summer! She received special help through two volunteers, Nikki and Sarah, in what was called ‘Ability Camp’, where they learned new skills that will carry far beyond the scope of the month they spent in the program. With lots of practice and help, *Dinah now cruises around quickly, which is helping to keep her from becoming bedridden. It is so beneficial for as many of these children to be mobile as possible, so they are not destined to live life lying on a bed! It is great for strengthening weak muscles and helps them be independent. There is also the possibility of *Dinah being adopted someday!
Dinah is fully sponsored, but other kids at SCH are not. To inquire about the sponsorship needs of any child and possibly sponsor one of them, refer to the resources below.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: April 2008
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have Nystagmus. I am a giggly, smiley adorable girl. As of July 2012, thanks to special attention by recent volunteers, I have made progress toward being able to walk by myself.
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!