Update 8/17: Unfortunately, it is never easy to deliver sad news. Nevertheless, I must announce that *Hope has passed away suddenly after a long illness, due to severe gastrointestinal distress. It is at least comforting to know she is no longer suffering and in pain. In memoriam, July 1, 1998 – August 1, 2017. She had just recently turned 19 years old.
Update 2017: *Hope now lives in Jubilee Home, where she attends on-site school. The girls learn how to make handicrafts as a vocation, as well as academics at their own educational level, and participate in a music class! To learn more about the school, New Horizons School, as well as donate toward operational costs, visit this link.
Today’s child of the day is *Hope! *Hope is the perfect girl to spotlight today – she’s fully sponsored, so SCH is using today’s blog post to also shine some light on previously featured children and young adults who have not yet received any monthly pledges of sponsorship funds.
*Hope is a beautiful 14-year-old girl who has been touched by hearing loss and an intellectual disability, but she is also sweet and helpful! *Hope used to be pretty high-strung, but since receiving all the love, care, and medical attention she has at SCH, her awesome personality has been allowed to shine through. *Hope used to shove objects into her ears to stop the pain of broken eardrums; she has since had her eardrums surgically reconstructed, and no longer puts things in them, but she will be forever affected by hearing loss. Still, *Hope is full of, well, hope! She loves to dance, and can often be found toting around a little one. *Hope also LOVES fashion and is always ready to show you her pretty clothes, jingly bangles, or shiny braids!
Though we are more than half-way through the campaign, there is still plenty of time to sponsor a child. And, even when the campaign is over, it will never be too late to contribute to a sponsorship fund or even give a general donation. SCH is run entirely by volunteers and donations – they do not receive any help from the government. This means that they need YOU, yes, YOU, to rise up and be their village. It takes a village to raise a child; SCH is raising 105. Think of how big their village needs to be!
Spread the word, sponsor a child.
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!