105 in 105, day 70: *Naomi! & a note about education

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 2018:

*Naomi needs just $50/month to be back to fully sponsored again! You can sign up to sponsor her here.

She is living in Faith Home, where she is working on independent living skills and attends a vocational program where they complete projects such as making beaded bracelets to sell. Support her school, New Horizons School, by donating here. You can also donate items to the vocational program via Amazon.in (note: this requires a separate Amazon India account, which is free) here.

She is thriving in her new home. However, even a good foster home isn’t enough. *Naomi needs a family! She has been waiting a long time.

*Naomi is listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children‘ and ‘Find Me Friday‘ tabs on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy‘).

I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

PD: *Naomi wears a purple & white striped shirt & earrings. Her hair is half-up & she has some bangs/fringe across her forehead. She smiles a radiant smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
*Naomi! Credit: RR/SCH India

PD: *Naomi wears a purple & white striped shirt & earrings. Her hair is half-up & she has some bangs/fringe across her forehead. She smiles a radiant smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.

Update 2017:

*Naomi absolutely LOVES  the Despicable Me movies. She now lives at Jubilee Home, where she attends on-site school and takes pre-vocational classes, learning to string beads. She loves to cuddle, make crafts, and create art, and will be one of the first people to greet you when you visit her at Jubilee. *Naomi is crazy for swimming and wishes that she could spend every waking hour in the ocean among the waves.

Original post:

Today is sweetie *Naomi‘s day!

*Naomi is a very special girl. *Naomi is 5 years old, and came to SCH in 2011 with 20 other children. She has thrived in this loving, nurturing environment, where she is surrounded by amazing people every day, in the children, the staff, and the volunteers! *Naomi has Down Syndrome (like previously-featured *John and *Heidi (edit 2019: as well as newcomer *Zane, who is also available for international adoption) – click the link above to learn more!), which gives her beautiful, almond-shaped eyes. Those deep brown pools just pull you in and give you the most indescribably happy feeling when you gaze into them!

I think this is what makes *Naomi so captivating, intriguing, and special. Having Down Syndrome doesn’t define *Naomi – she is so smart and beautiful, and was enrolled in mainstream private school this year! This is great news, because she has soooo much potential in that cute little body, it’s unreal.

Down Syndrome isn’t *Naomi – it’s only a part of what makes her who she is. Her personality is described as spunky and fun, yet shy and a complete and total cuddlebug! She loves having her photo taken, and will always want to look at her photos after they’ve been taken. What a sweetheart!

This girl knows exactly how to get what she wants out of life. She will go so far, I can tell now without ever having met her in person! Her future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades!

From her sponsorship page:

Name:  Naomi

Age: 5

Birth Date:

Date to SCH: September 2011

Other Details About Me: I have Down Syndrome. I am shy, sweet, and spunky. I love to cuddle.

Spread the word, sponsor a child!

A note about disability equality in education is detailed below.

Please take a moment to read through and leave your thoughts in the comments, if you wish.

Proprietor Sarah and other SCH staff spend so much time and effort making sure the children are offered adequate school opportunities, regardless of whether they have a disability. After all, what exactly is ‘normal’? Everyone has different skills and talents. Advocacy is so, so important for these children, because they are India’s future!

The caste system is changing, but that change cannot be made if diversity is not allowed to shine through. Most children with disabilities, and certainly those who languish in government orphanages across the country, do not get the chance to attend school because of cultural fears, lack of willingness to accommodate differences, and societal prejudices stemming from the caste system, as well as due to financial reasons (there are virtually no public schools in India).

Children without parents are automatically considered at the bottom of the caste system, simply because they do not have families. SCH is working toward changing this, firstly by providing a home and loving family for children and young adults with disabilities and a variety of medical needs, and secondly by advocating for these children and allowing them to reach their full potential through education.

Every child deserves a family, as well as an education – in fact, these should be considered essential needs each and every child deserves, just as nutritious food, clean water, loving care, etc.  It is crucial for all children to be given the same opportunities, because everyone deserves an adequate education – and children are the next generation. If we can teach everyone to accept everyone else, regardless of disability, race, gender, class, age, skin tone, all those elements of society – then we will have succeeded in passing down our legacies through the generations.

Let’s help continue this spirit of equality in education by donating toward a school sponsorship fund. They are so deserving of every penny. We can make a difference, one child at a time.

In addition to New Horizons (mentioned at the top of this page), you can learn more about Little Lights Special School, as well as donate toward its operational costs, here. And you can learn more about Anjali School for the Blind, as well as donate toward its operational costs, here.

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 or young adult 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.

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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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