Update 2017: *Oliver has changed a lot since coming to SCH. Many of his initial medical issues have been resolved. He now lives at Victory Home with a bunch of foster brothers, and is described as a very quiet, observant guy who enjoys sitting and watching his friends. He has a moderate intellectual disability and some behavioral issues. He enjoys walks in the courtyard, nice breezes, country music, and eating naan (sounds like my kinda guy!).
I’m pleased to introduce to you one of the newest children at SCH – his name is *Oliver. He arrived at SCH in the summer of 2012, with a host of issues to be addressed, including some behavior issues. The staff at SCH have been working hard to get *Oliver – whose blog name means ‘peace’ – the level of care and treatment he so desperately needs and deserves.
*Oliver’s name fits him well, because he has a generally nervous personality so far – hopefully, with the right love and care, *Oliver will gain peace in his life and adjust well to living in his new family. At 9 years old, he’s been so neglected, and though his history is somewhat unknown, it was probably not under the best circumstances, to say the least. *Oliver will be visiting some specialists as soon as possible in Hyderabad.
*Oliver needs medical attention, and he needs peace in his life. SCH can offer him both necessities. With any luck, *Oliver will be able to acclimate to his environment – it is so different than where he came from.
Let’s rally around *Oliver and show him how much we care by getting him fully sponsored as quickly as possible. Sponsorship ensures that *Oliver continues to have nutritious food, supplements, clean water, and medical care to help restore his physical health, as well as any evaluations or interventions he may need. It pays for physiotherapy if *Oliver needs it, along with a warm, safe bed to sleep in, and ayahs and nurses to monitor him 24/7 to attend to his needs. Sponsorship tells *Oliver he is worthy of love, and again, with any luck, it will help to improve his life significantly.
When *Oliver is restored to physical health, staff and volunteers at SCH can help him be restored to a better state of mind, with coping mechanisms and therapies to help him succeed. Pain does a lot to a person, and being physically healthy may help *Oliver to become more comfortable with his new home. We may begin to see significant changes in his personality and demeanor. Think of recently featured *Hope, who was very high-strung when she arrived at SCH – after her medical needs were attended to, her true personality was allowed to shine through because she was not in constant pain and worry for what was to come next. *Hope has changed so much, and *Oliver has this potential to let his real self shine through – if only he is allowed to grow healthy and strong.
The more secure *Oliver is, I suspect, the more he will begin to open up. This is a crucial time for *Oliver – are you one of his sponsors, ready to cheer for him? Think of all the good things sponsorship will bring.
If you cannot afford a monetary donation, may I please ask that you keep *Oliver in your thoughts and prayers, if you feel led to do so? I believe *Oliver has much potential. Please, do not overlook him because of his age or behavior – he has been through a lot, and needs time to heal from his physical and mental wounds. Let’s rally around *Oliver and be part of his village so that he may grow, heal, and thrive at SCH.
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: January
Date to SCH: June 2012
Other Details About Me: I have moderate intellectual disabilities and behavioral issues.
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*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.
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