Today’s the day you get to meet *Caleb! And boy, are you in for a treat, because this 16 year old is funny, smart, and loves to dance! Not to mention, he’s a very good-looking young man. *Caleb lives at Victory Home with lots of other boys he can call brothers. *Caleb skipped two grades at his mainstream private school, so as you can tell, he’s one smart cookie! *Caleb has cerebral palsy and when he arrived at SCH, he had strabismus (eyes which do not look the same direction, caused by muscle weakness – follow the link to learn more!), which caused him to see double! Can you imagine how distracting and dangerous this could be? It was surgically corrected, and now *Caleb doesn’t trip and fall down any more, which he was prone to prior to surgery. He’s now very coordinated, a great runner, and a great dancer as well. His personality is described as fun and rambunctious. *Caleb loves to do impressions and mimic! I think he may have a future career in acting.
*Caleb has ‘aged out’ of domestic and international adoption, so that is just another reason why it is so important the he be sponsored.
SCH wants to make sure that *Caleb’s basic needs are met unconditionally. He currently has a very low sponsorship. Sponsorship goes toward keeping *Caleb’s standard of living needs met – it provides things like food, water, medical care, the care of ayahs, nurses, and/or foster parents, his own bed, and lots and lots of love! Not to mention all the non-physical things it cares for – like Caleb’s state of mind, happiness, and the care he receives from others.
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: May 1996
Date to SCH: January 2008
Other Details About Me: I have Cerebral Palsy. When I first came to SCH I had a condition called strabismus that caused me to see a double picture and made me fall down a lot. I underwent successful surgery to correct it and now I rarely fall, and can run and dance! I attend school and am a very hard worker. I was allowed to skip two grades. I have a rambunctious, fun personality.
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*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.
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