Update 2017: *Esther continues to live at Joy Home and attends mainstream private school. *Esther needs $155/month in additional sponsorship funds for full sponsorship. Are you one of her sponsors? You can sign up here.
Note: *Esther is also listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’).
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***
PD: *Esther is wearing a colourful, patterned top with lace at the collar w/ a blue headband. She is smiling brilliantly under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
Update 2015: *Esther now lives in a foster home with a foster mother and fellow school-going siblings. She has received a brace for her hand to help with her monoplegia, and continues to attend school after an adjustment to her grade placement (she had been struggling with schoolwork, but was afraid to tell anyone).
As you know, *Esther is one of the little girls I mentioned in *Genevieve’s (who has been adopted since this post was written) post yesterday, as a fellow preschooler at mainstream private school. So without further ado, please meet *Esther! *Esther is just a stunning beauty. She was misdiagnosed with a cognitive disability, but really had monoplegia, which affected the range of movement in one of her arms, and mild cerebral palsy. She has beautiful, long, curly hair. I think *Esther, *Ginger, *Rhoda, and *Rachel (who has also gone home with her family since this post was written!) just have the most amazing hair texture in the entire world. So dark, silky and curly! *Esther is 9 years old and lives with other schoolgirls her age, where she is partner-in-crime with *Genevieve!
*Esther is thriving since coming to SCH. She has learned to walk, and fits in really well with her sisters, with whom she lives and attends school. *Esther’s birth parents missed out when they gave her up! Such a treasure. *Esther loves to dance, dream, and have fun with her family. When you visit her, she will surely want to dance with you right away! She is described as a happy, rambunctious, silly girl, and it shows on her smiling face. 🙂
Birth Date: June 2003
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have cerebral palsy and monoplegia, and was originally misdiagnosed with cognitive special needs. I am a rambunctious, bright-eyed little girl who loves to be silly. I attend school.
Come fall in love with Esther and the other children of SCH. 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 $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!