Update 2018: *Hannah often helps to translate when there are visitors to Faith Home as she is fluently bilingual in both Telugu and English. Her current home has a small number of other ladies who are close to her in age, alongside 3 other foster families.
She needs $275/month more in sponsorship to be fully sponsored. Sign up to become her sponsor here.
Update 2017: *Hannah lives at Faith Home, alongside foster sisters close to her in age. She has the best dimples! *Hannah loves to be the ‘mother’ of the younger foster sisters who live in various other parts of her home, always taking care of them and redirecting them on the right path. *Hannah is a superstar dancer who also enjoys singing, often performing alongside some of her foster sisters during SCH’s holiday shows. She works with SCH’s vocational program, making different kinds of bangle bracelets, as well as helping out with younger kids and kids with more severe disabilities. She’s always looking adorable in her new, red-framed eyeglasses!
Update 2015: *Hannah continues to attend private school. She is learning to make handicrafts (jewelry), help with household chores, and cook, among other things. She is still a bright spot in her foster home and helps everyone and anyone who needs it.
Today, you are going to meet a very special girl after my own heart. She is quite the amazing 13-year-old, if I do say so myself. Her name is *Hannah. She is helpful. She is stunning. She is kind. She is motherly. She is a blessing. She is defying the odds in India. She has the most nurturing personality. Oh, you are about to get an earful from me about sweet *Hannah.
*Hannah was abandoned as a small child for reasons unknown. Her birth parents are missing a very important gift. She has lived at SCH since 2008, and has grown into the most amazing young lady. *Hannah is… just extraordinary. She has a sweet, mature personality full of nurture and love. She attends mainstream private school. She loves to help take care of and nurture her foster siblings. She is bilingual and speaks English beautifully, thanks to years of private English school. If you visit SCH, she will try to translate for you!
*Hannah loves to clean and organize (which is why I called her a girl after my own heart – I love those things, too!). She’s always looking for school uniforms in the morning, helping the little girls dress, or doing hair. *Hannah is a sweetheart. The younger girls look up to her, ask her for advice, and follow her lead. A few years ago, she had surgery to correct strabismus (eyes looking in different directions) and a problem with her esophagus which often left her sick, and as a result has left her with a cute, husky voice.
*Hannah is such a special girl, and SCH is so happy to have her. She’s aged out of India’s adoption program, but *Hannah’s life is not in vain. This girl will go far! She is the change that is coming to India – the next generation of business people, artisans, shopkeepers… the workforce moving the country forward. SCH’s aim is to change the status of these children from lower than low, to loved and growing! No child should ever have to suffer from the mistreatment and neglect that many of SCH’s children have already experienced in their young lives.
*Hannah is the future!
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: July 1999
Date to SCH: January 2008
Other Details about me: When I was young, I had an esophageal issue causing me to have an endearingly husky voice. I have had strabismus surgically repaired since being with SCH. My English is quite good due to my mainstream education. I am very mature for my age and naturally enjoy taking on motherly responsibilities for my brothers and sisters at SCH.
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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.
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