Update December 2017: *Gabe has been adopted by a local Indian family!
Update 2017: *Gabe now attends mainstream private school and lives at Courage Home Teal. *Gabe is fully sponsored! You can find resources for sponsoring another child at the bottom of this post.
Today’s child of the day is *Gabe! *Gabe’s only 2, but he has already gone through quite a few surgeries to receive treatment for his spina bifida. Because of the surgery he has received, *Gabe can now lie on his back and sit unsupported! He also had surgery to replace a shunt in his brain that was no longer working to drain the fluid from his head as a result of his hydrocephalus. A curve in his ribcage makes him more susceptible to heart problems and pneumonia when he’s sick.
Because of his spina bifida, he has paralysis from the waist down and requires a catheter to use the bathroom. But gosh, this little boy knows how to move! His nurse, Marthamma, has taught him how to manipulate his legs to get himself where he wants to go by scooting on his bottom, but he can also army crawl. *Gabe uses a ZipZac, or modified wheelchair, to get around primarily. Marthamma also bought him a slate and taught him his ABCs! This little boy is a miracle, and his potential is shown more and more with every passing day. *Gabe has a sunny personality and loves to cuddle as well.
Are you one of *Gabe’s sponsors? *Gabe’s an incredible child, and this sponsorship does so many great things for him. It ensures that he gets the medical care he needs, like nebulizer treatments when he has trouble breathing and physiotherapy if he needs it, not to mention food, clean drinking water, supplements, his nurse Marthamma, a place to sleep at night… the list goes on and on. It lets *Gabe know that someone is rooting for him, telling him his life has meaning and is worthy of love and having his basic care needs covered.
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: December 2009
Date to SCH: December 2010
Other Details About Me: I have Spina Bifida. After undergoing myelomeningocele repair surgery in 2011, I can now sit up unsupported without any problem. I am a sweet, charming boy who likes to snuggle.
Spread the word, sponsor a child.
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 $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!