Update 2018: *Felicia sometimes uses a wheelchair to get around, as standing and walking can be very difficult for her due to her disabilities. However, she is learning to stand on her own! *Felicia needs $275/month more in sponsorship. You can sign up to sponsor her here! Sponsors receive quarterly updates (4x/year!) on the child(ren) they sponsor.
According to her sponsorship page, *Felicia is described as a happy, content girl with the most endearing giggle. Though nonverbal, she enjoys watching the world around her and is now learning to stand on her own. She has made astounding progress from the time she first arrived at SCH! *Felicia enjoys music class and watching colorful educational videos. She is very ticklish and laughs and giggles whenever you talk to or tease her. She has a sweet smile that we never grow tired of seeing.
Update 2017: *Felicia now lives at Jubilee Home Lavender, where she attends on-site school. Learn more about the school, New Horizons School, as well as donate toward operational costs, here. *Felicia enjoys attending music class at school, where she also learns self-care and life skills. She is a wheelchair user.
Today’s very special child of the day is *Felicia. No child should ever have to be where *Felicia was in 2009. Sick. Emaciated. Neglected. Forgotten. Pitiful. Crying every time she moved, because of the sheer pain of being touched. Even sadder? Children with disabilities or special needs in government orphanages live and die this way every day, because of pure neglect. Sure, there are some nice orphanages out there. But none compare to the love a child receives in a HOME. With a FAMILY that LOVES them.
For 106 children and young adults, SCH is that family. But done with the sad stuff. *Felicia has come back from the brink of death, curled in the fetal position moaning out in pain. She is now a healthy, chubby, beautiful, happy seven year old little girl who is mobile and talkative. *Felicia has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability, but keep in mind that these diagnoses do not define her. She is special. She is unique. She is pretty. She is happy. She loves to play with toys, to be tickled, to laugh, to be hugged. *Felicia sounds like such a joy and a love.
Are you one of *Felicia’s sponsors? Sponsorship helps ensure she continues to grow and thrive. She will never be neglected again. It’ll bring her nutritious food and supplements, fresh water to drink, any physiotherapy she might need for her CP or medication she may need for her epilepsy, a nice warm bed surrounded by all her sisters who love her, an ayah (nanny) or foster parents to take care of her, pretty dresses to make sure she never feels unworthy. Please consider sponsoring her monthly. One of the goals of the current sponsorship program is to create a network of family all over the globe helping to nurture and love these children from near and far. Remember the village concept – it takes a village to raise one child; now think of raising 105! If you can’t afford it personally, can you please share *Felicia’s amazing story of hope and transformation?
*A note about one of the above statements: Clothes and jewelry may sound like frivolous items, but to a girl in India, they are worth more than anything. A girl without bangles is usually considered unloved – even the poorest children with families have at least one pretty dress and gold or silver jewelry, to show off how much their fathers love and care for them. This may sound bizarre if you’re from a Western country, but in India, it is the custom, the cultural norm, and the way of life.
From *Felicia’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: February 2005
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability, and epilepsy. I went from fetal-position, throes-of-death, in-misery-whenever-touched to a happy, chubby, mobile kid who gets myself around the room, laughing and playing with toys, enjoying tickles and hugs.
Come see what love can do at SCH! You won’t regret it. 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!