Update 2017: *Jamila continues to work on walking, as she has some hemiplegia that affects muscle strength. She lives at Anchor Home Navy. She works regularly with a physical therapist to address this. She still has some of the cutest dimples on the planet!
*Jamila is fully sponsored! Unfortunately, other children at SCH are not. Read to the bottom of this post to find out more about sponsorship and other ways you can help!
Update 2015: *Jamila stands, is working on walking independently, and is an absolute joy in her new foster family.
Today’s child of the day is *Jamila! *Jamila came to SCH at just 1 month old, another child failed by the government orphanage, severely malnourished, frail, and near death. At 1 year old, she now weighs a healthy 19 lbs. You can’t look at her face without a smile. She lives in a foster family with sisters and brothers around her age. *Jamila has recently learned to army crawl! She is very vocal and opinionated: despite the fact that she’s not even 2 years old yet, she can sure let you know what she wants! *Jamila also has 4 new teeth. ^_^
Such a sweet baby girl deserves full sponsorship. She will never again have to feel the pain of hunger, and your sponsorship will ensure that she is never overlooked again for any reason. Sponsorship goes toward food, medical care including medicine and therapy, round-the-clock care from an ayah, caregiver, nurse, and/or foster parent(s), and so much more.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 2011
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I came to SCH extremely thin and frail. Now I am a CHUNKY bundle of adorableness. I delight my caregivers with my smile that shows off my dimples.
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!