Update 2017: *Susan now lives at Jubilee Home Lavender. *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. She attends an on-site school called New Horizons (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. *Susan needs $275/month in sponsorship funds! Are you one of her sponsors? Sign up here!
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 is not yet sitting or standing because of cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and she 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 also 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 or disabilities, special needs, 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) or foster mom/parents, not to mention love, support, and so much more.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: May 2004
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have an Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy 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 $300 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 $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 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.
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!