Update 2017: *Meghan recently moved to from Jubilee Home in Hyderabad to the new older girls’ home at Faith Home in Ongole. She attends on-site school, where she loves to make music and create handicrafts. She also loves making art and going out on outings, as well as making new friends. *Meghan needs $260/month for full sponsorship! You can sign up to sponsor her here, and get quarterly updates about how she’s doing.
Update 2015: *Meghan 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 is learning sign language, music, and handwork – jewelry making and garland stringing.
Today’s child of the day at SCH is *Meghan! Oh my gosh, I totally love *Meghan. She looks amazing in yellow, and in other bright colours, too! *Meghan is 14 years old and has an intellectual disability. She loves to make necklaces using flowers and is usually one of the first young adults to greet you when you visit SCH. She has a talent for creating! *Meghan sounds so sweet and I would consider it an honour to meet her one day and give her a great big hug (*Meghan loves hugs and cuddling). Her smile is adorable and such a magickal experience, even through photograph, and I’m sure it is just as endearing in person.
*Meghan may not be a cute, squishy little baby, but she IS a stunning young lady. Because of her age, she is considered tougher to ‘connect with’, and therefore less likely to be sponsored.
Show her this isn’t the case by supporting her, either in sponsorship, or by sharing her story. Even love from afar can be a special thing for a child in need. She is worth every penny, plus so much more.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 1998
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details about me: I have Intellectual Disability. I am a friendly, happy young woman with a consistent smile on my face.
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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!