Update 2017: *Jeanette is fully sponsored! She attends ASB (Anjali School for the Blind) for some Braille training alongside foster sisters *Stephanie and *Victoria from Joy Home, who are also blind, as well as attending a local mainstream private school. Learn more about ASB, as well as donate toward operational costs, here. *Jeanette lives at Joy Home Yellow. She is described as bright, inquisitive and fun-loving.
Update 2015: *Jeanette lives in a foster home with foster mom and siblings.
Today’s featured child is *Jeanette! *Jeanette is a breathtaking little girl who is 6 years old and attends Devnar School for the Blind. *Jeanette doesn’t have any vision, but she does have great listening skills and gets around very well through deep listening and careful feeling using her sense of touch. *Jeanette has also been diagnosed with institutional autism. *Jeanette has had a beautiful prosthetic eye placed while at SCH, which will be a blessing as she gets older because it will help her to fit in to a society that is very much all about fitting in.
You see, in India, there is a ranking system, called a caste system. You are born into that system, and there is very little room for movement up – or down – the ladder. If *Jeanette is never adopted, she will have to adapt in a country that looks down on her and sees her as ‘less than’ a ‘typical’ child without a disability. By having a prosthetic eye that allows her to look more ‘normal’ (whatever that means), she has a better chance at a better life.
It is so important for *Jeanette to continue her schooling if she remains in India, so that she is ensured a bright future. *Jeanette is described as curious, always on the go, and obviously a very tactile child. She’s curious, bright, spunky, energetic, and a whole host of other adjectives that all add together to make *Jeanette who she is; her disabilities are just some of those elements. She loves to play and dance, cuddle, and be held and loved on. Her blindness does not define her – all her other positive characteristics do.
Please consider sponsoring *Jeanette. *Jeanette is an amazing little girl who is gaining the tools that will allow her to some day conquer the world – can you help her reach for the stars?
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: March 2006
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details about me: I am blind, and have had a beautiful prosthetic eye placed while being at SCH. I love touching and feeling my way around and often do it with a joyful smile. Currently, I am in school.
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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 medicalsponsor (ideal for large groups or organizations who wish to support SCH) and donate toward monthly emergency medical expenses; or an educationalsponsor 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.
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