Update 2017: *Daniel lives at Victory Home with his many foster brothers. He participates in a vocational program at home, making various types of bangle bracelets to sell both locally and internationally. *Daniel is a handsome young man with a smile who brightens up Victory.
Children are never turned away from SCH when they become adults; they will always have a home at SCH should they need it. That’s why sponsorship of young adults is so important.
I’m going to introduce you to a very special young man who lives at SCH. He isn’t a cuddly toddler, but he is an amazing person and deserves just as much as the littlest, squishiest child. His name is *Daniel, and he’s very handsome.
At 20 years old, *Daniel is sweet, kind, and helpful. He loves spinning, being spun, or twirling you around, as if offering you a dance!* Daniel has an intellectual ability, and since he grew up in a government orphanage, he was never allowed the luxury of attending school. Not so anymore!
*Daniel attends on-site school with a tutor, along with other boys at his home at SCH, where he learns communication and life skills. He is so full of joy and has a beautiful smile – a true example of what we should all strive toward. He likes to greet people at the gates to SCH, and is also said to have a very firm handshake! He is described as very gentlemanly – he will always make sure you have a seat, and will dance with you whenever you want to dance!
As you know by now, SCH doesn’t turn children or young adults away when they become ‘too old’ to be adopted. Each and every one of young adults at SCH who will need long-term care will be able to get it there. This is a life-time commitment for all those teens and young adults who are over the age of 14; they will never be turned away, and the eventual goal is to have them be able to be a part of their community through skills training. Who knows how many of these amazing young men and women will be helping in the garden, fixing bicycles (India is a very bicycle-oriented country), or helping out in local shops in the near future? I hope *Daniel is one of them!
Are you one of *Daniel’s sponsors? *Daniel and SCH are in this together, for life!
Sponsoring him ensures he will always have a place to live, sleep, and learn, fresh water and nutritious food, medical care if he should ever need it, and a caregiver to help guide him, and will also allow him to continue gaining the skills he will need to become as independent as possible. Let *Daniel know you’re rooting for him by considering a monthly donation. Older children are more likely to be overlooked and less likely to be sponsored – let’s turn that into a thing of the past by getting *Daniel to full sponsorship!
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: July 1992
Date to SCH: March 2008
Other Details About Me: I have an intellectual disability. Before coming to SCH, I never had the opportunity to go to school. At SCH, I am taught life skills and simple academics on-site by a teacher. I can manage several of my own self-care tasks and can fold laundry, assist younger boys, etc. I have sweet personality and am kind to the other boys. I always have a huge smile on my face.
Spread the word, sponsor a child (or young adult!).
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!