105 in 105, day 74: *Susan!

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:

*Susan needs $100/month in additional sponsorship funds! Are you one of her sponsors? Sign up here! In July 2019, *Susan moved to Anchor Home after Jubilee and Joy Homes combined.

Her former houseparent recently fundraised for a g-tube placement for *Susan, to help improve the quality of her life. She eats by mouth just fine, but her metabolism is very fast due to her CP. Her g-tube can now give her extra nutrients, whilst still allowing her to enjoy eating meals by mouth. The placement surgery was successful in late 2018!

From her sponsorship page:

*Susan has such a sweet, special personality. She is a gentle and quiet sort of girl, but is full of laughter when she finds something particularly amusing. *Susan loves music and going for rides in her wheelchair. She also loves affection, and is all smiles when you engage her in conversation.

Update 2017:

*Susan now lives at Jubilee Home. She attends an on-site school called New Horizons School (learn more about her school, as well as donate toward operational costs, here), and loves playing musical instruments during music time with the help of a foster sister.

Original post:

Today’s child of the day is *Susan!

She has such a cute smile. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a photo of *Susan where she ISN’T smiling. This precious 8-year-old girl does not sit or stand independently (though she does use a custom wheelchair to get around) due to cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and also has an intellectual disability. But she is such a snuggler! *Susan has a calm, laid-back personality and almost always looks content and peaceful, not to mention she’s full of sweet smiles. *Susan loves to laugh! Even when she is silent, her face speaks volumes.

Do you understand the joy someone can emanate with just a smile or a giggle?

*Susan is so worthy of sponsorship so she can be content in life, continuing to grow and thrive as she does at SCH with her wonderful foster sisters, caretakers, and staff, volunteers and love. She touches people’s lives like you couldn’t imagine, and she doesn’t need fancy words to do it!

I don’t know the extent of *Susan’s abilities, but it doesn’t matter – every child is worthy of love, no matter their abilities, disabilities, or anything else. Every child has the ability to give and receive love.

Are you one of *Susan’s sponsors?

Are you willing to stand up for her and tell her how much she is loved and cherished, how important she is? How amazing her life is?

*Susan has been rescued from a lifetime of neglect and abandonment, and it’s all because of SCH and Sarah’s vision. A vision to get children out of institutions and government orphanages and into LOVING HOMES where they receive the care that they deserve.

Child sponsorship goes toward nutritious food, health-supporting supplements, clean drinking water. It provides medication, medical care, nurses, physio- and other therapies, diapers if needed, a warm, safe place to sleep and be cared for, an ayah (caregiver) and/or foster parents, not to mention love, support, and so much more.

From her sponsorship page:

Name:  Susan

Age: 8

Birth Date: May 2004

Date to SCH: December 2009

Other Details About Me:  I have cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability, and epilepsy. I am a sweet girl with real depth to my eyes.

We must advocate for these children, because they are the future. Each one matters.

Can you imagine living on $350 per month? That is all it takes to care for a child in need living in India. If each and every child and young adult at SCH has a village behind them, they will never know neglect, malnutrition, lack of medical care, or abuse again.

Become part of that village by pledging a monthly sponsorship. If you can’t afford to give monetarily, I urge you to please share stories like these. *Susan’s story. *Lily‘s story. *Oliver‘s story.

Come see what love can do at SCH and be the change you wish to see in the world.

Spread the word, sponsor a child (or young adult!)

As I have said, 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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