Update August 2019:
From her sponsorship page:
*Kathleen is a sweet girl who loves to be tickled and enjoys physical affection. Her favorite part of on-site class is when she is able to explore many different textures and music time. She loves to clap and make silly noises.
*Kathleen is fully sponsored! She now lives in Faith Home with her foster sisters. She attends on-site school. Learn more about the school, New Horizons, as well as donate toward operational costs, here. At school, *Kathleen especially loves music class, listening to all the different sounds the instruments make.
Please consider sponsoring another child so they, too, may have full sponsorship and all the benefits it provides. Find a list of all the girls from her home who still need additional sponsorship here.
Oh my goodness, I am so excited and happy to introduce you to beautiful, smiley, independent, giggle-bug *Kathleen!
She’s SCH’s featured child of the day in the sponsorship campaign. *Kathleen is 9 years old, super-smart, and super-mobile! Though you wouldn’t know it when you first meet her, *Kathleen is blind. She is also autistic and has an intellectual disability. But boy, can she get around!
*Kathleen LOVES playing with sound – floors, her own voice, the baseboard of her bed – you name it, she can make a beat out of it, and she loves to dance to the sounds she creates! She also loves to be tickled and has an amazing giggle.
*Kathleen has made great strides while at SCH! She’s learned to trust others and let herself be loved in this amazing environment where all her needs are met, without worry of where her next meal will come from, where she’ll sleep tonight, or whether she’ll get the medical attention she deserves, if necessary. I am so excited to meet this girl one day!
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: October 2002
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I am blind and autistic, and have an intellectual disability. I make lots of creative sounds, and seek out surfaces to rub & drum on. I enjoy being kissed and tickled.
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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 in which city they live (Ongole or Hyderabad). To sponsor a child, use the resources below.
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.