105 in 105, day 68: *Cassia!

PD: A girl stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari that is hot pink, blue, & gold w/ paisley accents & sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles.

Update 2019:

*Cassia has transitioned to Anchor Home Gold, originally in order to receive g-tube placement surgery so she could more adequately process nutrition! She is now thriving in the home among her foster siblings. *Cassia needs $150/month more in sponsorship. You can sign up to sponsor her here!

From her sponsorship page:

*Cassia is such a joy. She loves all things musical, and Disney songs are bound to bring about a grin from ear to ear on her sweet face. *Cassia attends in-home school Monday through Friday, as well as physiotherapy. She is loved by her precious caretaker and all her Anchor Gold family. *Cassia enjoys being swung in the porch swing and walked through the neighborhood.

Update 2017:

*Cassia has a huuuuuge smile! She now lives at Faith Home. She loves to cuddle, do therapy stretches, and play with musical shakers. *Cassia can quickly learn to recognize people’s voices, and gets so excited – doing a little ‘wiggle’ dance when she hears her favorite people walk into the room. *Cassia is a wheelchair user. *Cassia is currently spending some time living at Anchor Home Gold while she recovers from a recent emergency surgery hospital stay.

Original post:

Today’s child of the day is *Cassia (pronounced ‘Ka-sha’)!

Her blog name was taken from one of the herbal gifts given to baby Jesus by the one of three wise men, along with aloe, frankincense, and myrrh. This name is really fitting, because *Cassia is indeed a gift. A very beautiful, thriving, growing gift!

*Cassia came to SCH very malnourished and sickly, but as come so far. With much love and a little extra care to feeding and supplements she received from her foster mom at SCH’s urgent care home for fragile children, *Cassia was returned to health and has grown so beautiful. All that extra, expert love, *Cassia was able to move into a smaller foster home to interact and live with more of her brothers and sisters.

*Cassia has one of the sweetest smiles you will ever see. She’s just 3 years old, and has a diagnosis of epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and an intellectual disability. She is not yet sitting or standing, and still sleeps in a crib at night to protect her from being injured by a fall, but boy, can she light up a room!

Are you one of *Cassia’s sponsors?

Sponsorship ensures that she continues to receive the care and help she needs through healthy food and supplements, clean drinking water, a safe place to sleep, 24 hour care of ayahs, nurses, and/or foster parents, physiotherapy, medicine, and medical care, plus so much more.

Show *Cassia she is loved by sponsoring her basic needs. *Cassia deserves this funding after the neglect she experienced before SCH. She is a precious gift, not a burden, and deserves to know how worthy of love and care she is, to ensure she never goes without something she needs again.

From her sponsorship page:

Name: Cassia

Age: 3

Birth Date: April 2009

Date to SCH: December 2009

Other Details About Me: I have cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability. I cannot sit up by myself yet. I have a sweet smile.

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 in which city they live (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. You can 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.

*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian government 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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PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.

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