105 in 105, day 40: John!

PD: A girl stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari that is hot pink, blue, & gold w/ paisley accents & sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles.

Update 2018: *John still needs $260/month to reach full sponsorship! Sign up to sponsor him here. He has the brightest smile and attends an on-site school, where he loves to makes crafts and play with his foster brothers.

Update 2017: *John lives at Victory Home, where he attends on-site school with a tutor alongside his foster brothers.

Original post:

Come meet today’s featured child of the day in SCH’s 105 in 105 sponsorship program – *John! *John is a handsome 14 year old boy who loves to smile. He attends on-site school at SCH and loves listening to books being read aloud or playing games with the older boys. He is usually quiet and observant, and is described as sweet and gentle in personality.

*John also has Down Syndrome. Read the description above, before I told you his diagnosis. Kindly re-read what is posted above, then answer this question: was *John’s life worth anything less before you knew he has DS? If you said ‘no way’, you’d be right. *John was abandoned because he has a genetic disorder over which he has no control. He is such a smart, gentle, tender young man! His smile just makes me want to smile back.

Are you one of *John’s sponsors?

Sponsorship helps to pay the on-site teachers *John loves, while also making sure he has enough food and clothing, a safe and comfortable place to sleep, physiotherapy and medications if he ever needs them, and lots and lots of love.

See what love can do at SCH, and help create more love. Consider sponsoring *John. If you can’t afford a monthly commitment, consider making a general donation, check out the other ways to help at SCH, or simply spread *John’s story. It’s worth telling. Let *John know you are listening to his story, and believe that he is more than worthy of all his basic necessities being taken care of. *John will likely be living at SCH for the rest of his life,  because SCH doesn’t turn children away when they become ‘too old’ to be adopted.

From his sponsorship page:

Name:  John

Age: 15

Birth Date: April 1997

Date to SCH: January 2008

Other Details about me:  I have Down Syndrome and a very tender smile. I attend on-site school with SCH teachers and enjoy playing games with the other older boys.

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 $25/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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PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.

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