Update 2017: This post has been edited. Since 2012, SCH has had to change the way they share about their children online, due to a change in Indian law which is meant to protect them from child trafficking. I’ve edited the now-defunct parts, and added information on how you can continue to support SCH despite this change. There are additional resources at the end of this post.
As you may or may not know by now, each day I am featuring a child from SCH’s child of the day sponsorship campaign project to get all the children and young adults at SCH (‘Sarah’s Covenant Homes‘) fully sponsored. Like *Alesa. Like *Alina. Like *Cedar. Like *Chelsea (who has since been adopted). Like *Hannah. Like *Hope. Like *Keren. Like *Molly. Like *Promise. Like *Ruthie.
This sponsorship ensures they get the food and supplements they need, physiotherapy if needed, on-site or mainstream private school (if possible) they deserve, a safe place to sleep, grow and blossom, clothes to wear, an ayah (nanny) and/or foster parents or caregivers to take care of them for as long as they may need, (which, for some who have ‘aged out’ of the adoption program, will mean the rest of their lives).
But the most important thing a child or young adult receives from sponsorship is knowing that they are loved somewhere in the wide world, outside of their microcosm in India. Make no mistake, these children are truly loved at SCH, and you are supporting that, too! But, knowing there is a network behind each and every child in times of need is one of the best gifts you could possibly give.
Well, now to get down to the point of this post! Some volunteers came to SCH for a month recently, participating in The World Race, which sends people all over the globe to 11 different countries in 11 months to places that really need it, with each stay lasting one month! SCH has been lucky to be a part of this ‘race’ in the past, and were blessed with volunteers again this year! Well, some of these awesome volunteers are just amazing with a camera! And they’ve produced 4 cleverly 105 second long campaign videos in support of this movement (and it IS a movement, indeed!), 3 of which are released thus far, and 1 of which was just published today!
Video #1: ‘SCH 105 Overview’ Video #2: ‘SCH 105 Diapers’ Video #3: ‘SCH 105 Sponsorship’
Also featured is the amazing video ‘They Have A Voice’ (note: these videos had to be removed from the internet or made private, due to changes in Indian law which dictate the identities of children who are available for adoption may not be featured publicly online), which looks more into the mission of SCH and all the wonderful things it is doing to make these children’s lives better!
It takes a village to raise a child, as they say, but can you imagine raising
105 170 children (and young adults)? The village must be MUCH LARGER than it would for just one child! And that village is on the move, as more and more children at SCH become partially or fully sponsored every day. Become a part of their story.
I’ve said it at the end of every blog post I write about each child – spread the word, sponsor a child. Share these beautiful, amazing, stunning, strong, extraordinary children and young people everywhere you possibly can. Share them with your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, your classmates, your business customers, your partners, loved ones, everyone! Be the village.
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!