Update: *Phoebe has been adopted and now lives in America with her family! Read about her adoption, and others that have taken place at SCH, here!
I am so happy to share *Phoebe with you today, on this 42nd day of SCH’s sponsorship campaign! She is just the most amazing little girl, you see. *Phoebe is a beautiful 9 year old girl who attends mainstream school. *Phoebe is quite amazing, because she’s great at navigating her living space and school rooms. And she’s also blind. *Phoebe is an intellectually gifted child, who attended the local school for the Blind – until they said she was too smart!
*Phoebe is now in a mainstream private school. This means she learns everything at school auditorily, using her hearing. She’s also learning how to write her name and the alphabet – manually! *Phoebe has memorized all the keys on the computer, and loves to play the musical keyboard, too. The schoolgirls’ apartment received a donated keyboard a while back, and all the girls are learning to play, too. *Phoebe has managed to memorise her living space and school so well, you would hardly even know she was blind if you met her in one of those settings! This is actually quite amazing, considering how loud India is.
She does everything a child with sight would do – helps out around the house with cooking and cleaning, assists younger children in getting dressed, plays the piano, attends school, enjoys singing and dancing, and makes her bed by herself. *Phoebe is smart, beautiful, helpful, has a contagious smile, and so much more! Her blindness is only a secondary trait, and it is so easy to see past into the amazing heart that she has.
*Phoebe will make a couple very happy one day when she is adopted. For now, *Phoebe needs sponsorship! Sponsoring *Phoebe tells her that she’s beautiful, loved, and well taken care of. Sponsorship goes toward meals, pretty dresses, shelter, medical care if she needs it, and so much more including MORE LOVE!
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: March 2003
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I am blind, but you wouldn’t even know it by the way I easily maneuver around my living space. I am adventurous and curious.
*Phoebe is living in SCH’s ideal plan for their children’s homes – small, family-style group settings with a foster mom or parents, siblings, and sponsors from afar.
The dream is to have a world-wide effort to care for these children, in India and abroad – after all, it takes a village to raise one child; now imagine raising
105 170! That takes an even bigger ‘village’. A global ‘village’, a network of people ready and willing to help for the sake of helping. And if adoption is in the story of a child, than that is the ultimate goal for them – to find their forever family.
In the case that they are not, or are considered ‘too old to be’, adopted, though, SCH plans to take care of the children who need it far into their young adulthood and beyond. SCH will never turn a person in need away because of their age – all the children over the age of 13 are a testament to this promise! No one is unworthy of love and care.
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).
To sponsor a child who still lives at SCH and needs additional funding, use 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!