Update 2017: *Bella recently moved from Jubilee Home into Faith Home with a group of young ladies closer to her own age. She attends on-site school, where she has music class (she likes playing the clacker!) and learns at her own educational level. She especially loves stringing beads, doing puzzles, making things with duplo blocks, coloring, and other hands-on activities. She loves to give and receive hugs. Bella is a happy girl and you often see her smiling as she watches others and is engaged in her environment.
Update 2015: Since coming to SCH, *Bella has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, for which she has received a custom wheelchair to allow her better mobility, and help her to be positioned correctly. She also received orthotics for her legs so they are better-positioned. She has also been diagnosed with a genetic neurological disorder.
Meet *Bella, today’s featured child of the day! She is really cute, and looks like such a sweet young lady! *Bella is 15 years old and just came to SCH last year (2011), very malnourished and sick from a lifetime of neglect at a government-run orphanage, something no child should ever experience. Can you imagine? Languishing, day in and day out, being starved and ignored? All that is over now, because *Bella has finally gotten to SCH – and she’ll be able to remain there for the rest of her life, because SCH doesn’t turn out children when they pass the eligible age for adoption.
A move to SCH is a life-long move, and a beautiful, life-saving move at that. *Bella has an undiagnosed special need (identified as cerebral palsy), doesn’t speak (later discovered that she can, but only when she wants to!) and isn’t mobile (but later received a custom wheelchair!). And also very full of life, love, and affection! That just goes to show how strong this amazing girl actually is – to be neglected so badly for 14 years, and still have so much love to give away. *Bella came to SCH with a brother (named *Jake), who sadly passed away. She has a grandmother who visits her, but can not take care of her due to her advanced age. She has a loving personality, loves to be hugged and held, and will always pull you closer to her or pull your cheek in for a kiss – my goodness, could you find a sweeter girl? I hope I am lucky enough to get to meet *Bella someday.
Are you one of her sponsors? She is surrounded by people who love her, but everyone needs a little help.
Sponsoring *Bella tells her you are there for her with open arms and an open mind that can see not only her disabilities, but also the beautiful young lady she is. It provides her with safe drinking water, nourishing food and supplements, any physiotherapy or medication she may need, clothes to wear, a warm bed to sleep in, round-the-clock care and so much more!
Sponsoring does more than that, though. It tells *Bella that she is loved even more than she can imagine. Please consider sponsoring sweet *Bella. It does a world of good to become part of this girl’s ‘village’, and sponsoring is just one way to do that.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: May 1997
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I haven’t been at SCH long, and am still gaining strength after being severely malnourished and neglected in the state run orphanage. Other than that, my cognitive and physical delays have not been attributed to a particular disorder.
Come see what love can do at SCH! Spread the word, sponsor a child (or young adult!).
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!