Update 2017: ‘Rachel’ has been adopted and now lives in the US with her new mom and dad ❤
Update 2015: *Rachel now lives in a foster home with foster father, mother, 3 sisters, and other older foster sisters. She attends mainstream private school.
Update: *Rachel was experiencing issues with her previously injured leg, leading in an amputation and fitting for a new prosthetic! *Rachel is now getting around more easily and is no longer in pain.
Today’s child is *Rachel! *Rachel is an adorable 10 year old with a stunning smile and beautiful, curly hair. She is very smart and attends mainstream private school, so there is also school sponsorship to consider for her. *Rachel has a deformity of her leg called pseudoarthrosis of the tibia, which means her leg was broken as a baby and never had the chance to heal properly. Because of her injury and several failed surgery attempts, *Rachel now uses a combination orthotic and prosthetic, and gets around very well. She also has something called neurofibromatosis-1.
*Rachel is really bright! Last year, she was asked to participate in a dance program at the end of the school year along with her foster sister *Stacy (who has also since been adopted), and boy, could she dance well! *Rachel is such a special girl who deserves the world. I can’t wait to see where her life takes her – and I assure you, life is going to take this girl very far.
Are you one of *Rachel’s sponsors?
Sponsorship does so many things for a child. It makes sure they have enough food to eat, water to drink, medical care, sheets and linens, and so much more. Sponsoring a child lets them know that they are loved and taken care of, no matter where they are in the world.
Become part of the village taking care of these children by becoming a sponsor and/or spreading the word about a particular child or the campaign.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: March 2001
Date to SCH: February 2009
Other Details About Me: I have pseudoarthrosis of the tibia secondary to neurofibromatosis-1. My lower left leg was broken in infancy and is shorter than my right. I underwent a half-dozen failed surgical attempts to repair the leg before I came to SCH. I now get around splendidly with a orthotic/prosthetic. I attend school and have a sweet personality.
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 in which city they live (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!