105 in 105, day 83: *Amy!

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:

*Amy needs $270/month to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here.

*Amy lives at Jubilee Home where she attends on-site school, called New Horizons School, where she learns at her own academic level and attends a music class daily. Learn more about her school, as well as donate toward operational costs, here.

From her sponsorship page:

*Amy is totally blind and is autistic. She is a real sweetie and loves affection. She would climb up into your lap if she could, but will settle for hugs and holding your hand. *Amy is generally quiet, but tends to perk right up when she hears music. She loves it, and a smile will cross her face when one of her favorite songs is played. If you listen closely, you may even hear her giggle! *Amy spends time exploring the world around her with her guide cane.

Original post:

Today is the day I introduce Miss *Amy!

This is, without a doubt, the sweetest 11 year old cuddlebug you’ll ever meet! *Amy loves to cuddle and be kissed and tickled (just like *Kathleen!). Also like *Kathleen, *Amy is blind and is autistic. I marvel at *Amy’s sweet spirit, and hope she finds happiness throughout her life, as well as lifelong sponsorship.

*Amy would climb up into your lap and let you cuddle her till the cows come home if you let her! She likes to get right up around your neck, which I think is absolutely precious. *Amy is not a baby by any means, but she is still an amazing individual. She is described as having an independent side in addition to her love for cuddling, which is great!

That’s why, since *Amy is fully sponsored, I sincerely hope you will consider sponsoring another child monthly, so they may all know the love and extra care sponsorship brings. Good health and great care are high priorities as SCH. Sponsorship ensures children and young adults like *Amy get the best care possible.

This includes nutritious food and supplements; clean drinking water; the excellent care of ayahs, nurses, and/or foster parents; a safe place to sleep; medical care including medicine and any physical or other therapies required; and a great environment in which a child can grow old and thrive surrounded by people who love her.

It includes the best possible outcome for *Amy and other kids like her – that she is able to continue on her path of happiness throughout her life, through the love of those people near and far who are standing behind her and acting as her village.

Ayahs, nurses, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and people all around the globe, standing up to say: “We’re here for you, rooting for your ultimate success in life.” That’s what you say to *Amy, or any child, when you sponsor. Are you that person?

From *Amy’s sponsorship page:

Name: Amy

Age: 11

Birth Date: January 2001 

Date to SCH:  February 2009

Other Details About Me: I am autistic and blind. And I may be big, but I’ll climb in your lap and cuddle like an infant for as long as you’ll let me; I love it.

I realize it is not in the cards for everyone to financially sponsor a child. But even if you can’t give financially to any specific child’s sponsorship fund, there are many other ways to help.

The least you can do is SHARE THEIR STORIES. Actually, this is not the least of what you can do. Every child and young adult here has a story. Sharing the children’s stories spreads this goal of sponsorship near and far across Earth. If you can’t afford to give, please, please, please let others know this need exists.

SCH cannot operate without people like YOU. YOU are the village for these children, once you begin to advocate for them! This is something I am passionate about. If you are passionate about SCH too, I urge you to share these stories of children and young adults wherever you can.

We are coming to the end of the sponsorship campaign, but we are not coming to the end of SCH’s story. The story doesn’t stop when the campaign ends; the story will continue to unfold long after each and every child has full sponsorship. And I do believe we will get there, because there are so many people who have hearts to help, and feel drawn to helping, SCH.

It takes a village to raise these kiddos – a very large, diverse village, at that!

SPREAD THE WORD. Sponsor a child.

Here are those ways to help that I wrote about earlier.

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 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. 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.

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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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