Update 2017: *Chelsea has been adopted!
Today’s featured child of the day, *Chelsea, is already fully sponsored! Yay! As such, Tisra over at SCH has decided to highlight a previously-featured child who is not yet sponsored.
But first, let me tell you a little about this sweetheart! *Chelsea is an adorable baby girl who arrived about a year ago at SCH with a cleft lip, which has since been beautifully repaired. SCH also raised funds to fix *Chelsea’s cleft palate, so she didn’t have any more feeding difficulties – cleft palates make it hard for children to learn to eat properly, and also pose an aspiration risk (accidentally breathing food into the lungs, which can cause infection). This two year old already has her own fan club! It’s been said that volunteers like to crowd around her and try to get her to giggle by making funny faces and tickling her.
When all the children have sponsors, general donations can go to other projects such as expanding the current family style apartments and building the new complex in order to reach Sarah’s dream of small group homes where all the children and young adults get the best possible care. Donated funds will also be able to go toward other large projects, among other things. Sponsorship is so great for the children and lets them know that their village is out there to love and care for them.
Spread the word, sponsor a child (or more than one 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 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!