Vandanalu (that means hello in Telugu)! It’s almost day 50 of SCH’s 105 in 105 child sponsorship campaign, so I thought it was time for a general update on current progress. Children who attend mainstream private school have separate funds set aside for just that purpose, to which you can also donate.
If each child and young adult at SCH receives full sponsorship, more of the general funds can go toward general maintenance, operational costs, Indian staff salaries, and emergency care, among other things. You are still able to make a general donation or send gifts via Amazon. Learn more about these options here. You can also apply to volunteer in India, if you feel led. Every little bit counts!
Want to know how to help SCH, but don’t have the extra funds? Help spread the word about SCH’s mission! Tell your Facebook friends and share on other social networking sites. Talk to your friends, families, co-workers, neighbors – anyone who might be interested in hearing the story or able to help in the cause. Get their stories out there. Triumph with them. Laugh with them, cry with them, envision their happy, healthy futures at SCH and beyond.
Some children (those under the age of 13) are available for adoption. Other young adults over the age of 13 with severe needs will stay at SCH for the rest of their lives and enjoy 24/7, round-the-clock care, whether through ayahs (carers) or foster parents in their homes. However, SCH does not turn children away once they reach ‘unadoptable’ age, as most orphanages around the world do. SCH takes care of children from the tiniest newborns and infants to young adults and beyond. SCH takes care of those in need, even when the circumstances are less than ‘typical’. After all, what is ‘typical’, anyway?
These children are thriving. But they need your help. There are everyday expenses, like nutritious meals and necessary supplements, clean drinking water, diapers if needed, physiotherapy, medication or surgeries/medical care if necessary, a place to sleep and live, grow and thrive, 24/7 care, education (whether on-site at SCH or in mainstream private schools), nice clothing, and jewelry for the girls and young women (see previous posts about this detail – clothes and jewelry are an important part of Indian culture!), not to mention so much more than that. Sponsorship helps cover these expenses, and the monthly budget for these needs is about $300-$600 per child, depending upon the degree of their care and other factors such as whether or not they attend school.
The children who receive on-site education learn valuable skills that may allow them to hold jobs in the future. One young man has held a job with a water company. Another group of older girls learn how to make jewelry and string garlands in vocational classes at Jubilee home. Children learn to speak, roll over, crawl, walk, run, and play, or use adaptive technology like wheelchairs and prostheses to become mobile.
A lot of these children have truly returned from the brink of death. Children like *Felicia, who was near-death when Sarah Rebbavarapu, the mind behind SCH, arrived at the government orphanage and asked to take the children with her. *Felicia is now a happy, healthy, vocal girl who is thriving. No child should ever have to suffer so much pain, neglect, starvation, or withholding of basic needs as some of the loves at SCH have at the young age of 7. At 5. At 3. Younger than that. In government orphanages, children who have manageable or minor disabilities do not receive proper care, and therefore they do not have the chance to walk on their own two feet until the age of 13, like *Amulya and *Dhivena from Faith Home.
Children develop institutional autism from lack of stimulation and human contact. Children with what Western dwellers would consider minor needs – being blind and/or D/deaf, having cerebral palsy or epilepsy – languish without treatment that could make their lives very different, had they been born in a developed country. Like *Jasmine or *Cedar, two foster siblings from Courage Purple whose only disability was being born blind, who didn’t learn to walk until age 3 and 5. Or *Hope, from Jubilee Home, who stuffed small items into her ears because her eardrums had ruptured and she was trying to dull the pain. Like *Promise (previously featured) from Faith Home, who has a host of special needs including spina bifida (since treated), scoliosis, and cataracts that caused her to become blind and went untreated for an unreasonably long time.
Sick children went without treatment. When they came to SCH, all that changed. Starving children are now healthy. Children with cerebral palsy can now roll over, crawl, walk, or use wheelchairs, and are incredibly mobile. Children with mono- or hemiplegia have received treatment, splints, and physiotherapy. Kiddos at SCH receive a plethora of help and assistance that they critically need.
Whether a child has cerebral palsy or epilepsy, is blind, is D/deaf, has autism, Apert Syndrome, Down Syndrome, spina bifida, syndactyly, nystagmus, strabismus, microcephaly, anopthalmia or micropthalmia, an intellectual or developmental disability, or other special needs or disabilities (or a combination of these needs), they receive what they need at SCH.
No need is too profound. No case is too extraordinary. No child is beyond help. No one is turned away! Every child that arrives at SCH is worthy of everything they receive there. You have a chance to be part of their story, whether it is part of an individual child’s life or the lives of many, or even all of their lives! You can donate. You can volunteer. You can sponsor. You can spread the word!
Spread the word, sponsor a child!
Thanks for reading.