105 in 105, day 39: Jasmine!

Update 2017: *Jasmine is fully sponsored! She now attends an on-site school for the blind for young children, called Anjali School for the Blind (ASB) (learn more about the school, as well as donate toward operational costs, at the link provided).The school was started by Nikki and former co-foster mom Tori, and continued to this day by Nikki, current co-foster Merissa, and a team of teachers from both the local community and a volunteer from abroad. The school has a student from the local community, some young students from other SCH homes, some older girls who learn Braille and other skills there, and some of the kids from Courage Purple also attend. *Jasmine has learned to walk independently, and uses a guide cane to get around! She lives with foster moms Nikki and Merissa at Courage Home Purple (follow the provided link and scroll to the bottom to meet *Jasmine’s foster siblings!). *Jasmine has been diagnosed with institutional autism.

Today’s child of the day is the stunning *Jasmine! *Jasmine was part of ‘Ability Camp’, run by repeat volunteers Nikki (now co-foster mom) and Sarah, where she made strides toward standing and walking with the assistance of a walker! She is also now able to sit up for long periods (something she couldn’t do before Ability Camp) instead of laying in bed all day. She is still terrified of anything new or anything with which she is not familiar experiencing, but will stand up with support if encouraged. The cause of *Jasmine’s fear? Blindness. Her blindness is her only obstacle, because her fear of the unknown stops her from doing anything outside of her comfort zone without an immense amount of motivation.

You see, even though *Jasmine is just 5 years old, she spent her beginning years in a government orphanage where she was neglected and labeled worthless by people who just didn’t see her potential. Because of this, *Jasmine did not learn to walk when children are usually doing so. Her fear of the unknown may hold her back at first, but once she gets going there will be no stopping her! She loves going to the beach and will grace you with the most beautiful smile if you get to know her. Her personality is sweet and gentle – she sounds like such a delicate little cupcake! When Nikki and Sarah were doing Ability Camp this summer (of which *Jasmine, *Lily, *Cedar, and *Dinah were all a part), *Jasmine and *Lily had the opportunity to visit the beach! *Jasmine loved feeling the waves crash around her and playing in the tactile sand – it is said that she turned into quite the daredevil at the beach and laughed hysterically each and every time they got splashed with a wave! She sounds like so much fun.

*Jasmine is fully sponsored. Other kids at SCH are not. See the below resources on how to sponsor a child who still needs it.

Come see what love can do at SCH.

From *Jasmine’s sponsorship page:

Name:  Jasmine

Age: 5

Birth Date: May 2007

Date to SCH: December 2009

Other Details about me: I am blind and will reward you with a stunning smile if you get to know me. I am gentle and sweet. I have learned how to sit up by myself and as of July 2012, I have made great progress toward learning how to walk.

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!

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