Update 2017: *Ruthie lives at Jubilee Home with her foster sisters. She attends on-site school at her home, where she learns to make handicrafts as a vocation, takes music class, and learns at her own educational level. Learn more about the school, New Horizons, as well as donate toward operational costs, here.
Today’s child of the day is *Ruthie! *Ruthie came to SCH in September 2012, with a group of other children from the government orphanage. When she arrived, she was sick with tuberculosis, which has since been treated and cured! This little one loves to be social, dance, sing, and twirl – sounds like tons of fun! She’s a cute 6 year old, with a spunky spirit that shines through in her pretty smile (that smile recently had some essential dental work to remove 7 severely neglected teeth).
SCH was recently blessed with a visit by a volunteer who is a dentist. His name is Dr. John, and you can read about the good things he’s done for the children’s teeth in just one weekend here (this is Edolbina’s blog, she’s volunteering at SCH currently along with her husband). *Ruthie has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability and a seizure disorder (controlled with medication). However, her outgoing, funny personality far-outshines these diagnoses.
*Ruthie is not defined by her disability – it’s just a small part of what makes her who she is, full-stop. Not a single child or young adult at SCH (or anywhere else) is defined by their needs or abilities – everyone is worthy of love and proper care, and sponsorship helps to cover the cost of basic care for each child.
A little more about *Ruthie, from her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: February 2006
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I have an intellectual disability, a seizure disorder, and a developmental delay. When I came to SCH, I needed treatment for tuberculosis. Since being at SCH, I have received the treatment that I needed. I have blossomed into a lovable little girl who loves to socialize with everyone! I also love to sing and dance!
I’m going to take a second to detail all the things sponsorship covers again, just in case. Sponsorship pays for nutritious food and supplements, and fresh, clean drinking water. It covers medical care, including medication, physio- or other therapies, nurses, and ayahs (caregivers). It ensures they have a safe, clean place to sleep at night where they are protected from the elements and harm. It makes sure that they have diapers if needed, and clothes and shoes to wear.
Sponsorship goes toward so many great things, but it does something else too – it lets that child know that someone out there has that child in their hearts, no matter how near or far they are physically.
It takes a village to raise a child. SCH is raising
105170, and improving the lives of the children and young adults each day with each improvement to the facilities, living spaces, etc. Sponsorship helps immensely, because when all the children’s needs are met financially through donors, more general funds can be used to continue improving those conditions and more.
Are you able to step up and cover the sponsorship of, or help to partially sponsor, a child? If so, please do not hesitate. If you are not able to make such a large commitment, you can also give financially to SCH’s general donation fund, volunteer, donate toward a special project, or send gifts via Amazon. Whether or not you can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, please SHARE THESE CHILDRENS’ STORIES!!!! Share them wherever you can, because you never know who is reading your blog, public social networking site, YouTube channel, etc. Sponsorship and donations can come from anywhere, across all walks of life, at any time.
Spread the word, sponsor a child. Share these stories.
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include monthly 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 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