Update 2018: *Naomi needs just $50/month to be back to fully sponsored again! You can sponsor her here.
*Naomi is 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’).
Update 2017: *Naomi absolutely LOVES the Despicable Me movies. She now lives at Jubilee Home Blue, where she attends on-site school. Learn more about the school, New Horizons, as well as donate toward operational costs, here. 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.
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 – click the link 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 even 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:
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I have Down Syndrome. I am shy, sweet, and spunky. I love to cuddle.
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 $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 *Naomi, or 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 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!
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 the other staff at SCH spend so much time and effort making sure the children of SCH are offered adequate schooling opportunities, regardless of whether they have a disability or special need. 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.
Children without parents are automatically considered to be at the bottom of the caste system, simply because they do not have families. SCH is changing this, firstly by providing a home and loving family for children and young adults with disabilities and special 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, they should be considered essential needs that each and every child deserves, just as nutritious food, clean water, loving care, etc. It is crucial that all children are given the same opportunities for education, because everyone deserves an adequate education – and children are the next generation. If we can teach everyone to accept everyone else, regardless of ability, race, gender, class, 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.
Spread the word, sponsor a child!
*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.