Update 2018: *Dorothy loves to make sure her other foster sisters, like *Promise, who is blind, are included in all activities. She will bring them musical instruments during music time, to make sure they are able to participate!
*Dorothy needs $100/month to be fully sponsored. You can sign up to sponsor her here. Sponsors receive quarterly (4x/year) updates about the children they sponsor!
Update 2017: *Dorothy lives at Jubilee Home, where she attends on-site school, which she absolutely loves! She also learns to make bracelets and flower necklaces as a vocation. Learn more about the school, New Horizons School, as well as donate toward operational costs, here. *Dorothy’s absolute favourite class is music class! The maraca is her favourite instrument to play.
Update 2015: *Dorothy is walking with assistance.
*Dorothy is today’s featured child of the day in SCH’s 105 in 105 sponsorship campaign. *Dorothy has cerebral palsy and intellectual disability that may keep her from walking and talking, respectively, but boy, can she get around! She is very mobile and able to ‘scoot’ everywhere in order to interact with all the children/young adults, ayahs, and volunteers at SCH. She has one of the most amazing laughs in the entire world, and loves to be tickled! *Dorothy has one of the brightest smiles you will ever see. It’s so big, it crinkles her eyes!
This beautiful 11-year-old girl loved visiting the beach with volunteer Natalie, playing in the wet sand as the waves splashed against her and getting to go far out into the big waves with another volunteer! *Dorothy sounds like a daredevil. *Dorothy hates not being included, and she’ll let you know it! She sounds like a great communicator, despite being non-verbal. If there are children playing down in the courtyard and *Dorothy knows about it without being included herself, she’ll have a heartbreakingly sad look about her. Her giggle is contagious, for sure. She does not have difficulty expressing her needs, her likes, or her dislikes! *Dorothy is so awesome.
*Dorothy receives physiotherapy at SCH, which is part of what her sponsorship funds cover, along with other necessities – food, clean water, a place to sleep, medical intervention if required, pretty dresses (every little girl in India needs a pretty dress!), lifelong care in the case that she may need it, not to mention LOVE! With continued physiotherapy, *Dorothy has a great chance of walking someday. Consider sponsoring *Dorothy, and come see what love can do at SCH!
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: June 2001
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. I am incredibly sweet, smiley and happy. I cannot walk yet, but I scoot around on the floor and interact with everybody. I receive regular physical therapy.
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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 $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!