105 in 105, day 85: *Glory!

PD: A girl stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari/saree that is hot pink, blue, and gold with paisley accents and sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles on her wrists.

Update 2018: 

*Glory is still in need of $260/month in sponsorship funds. Sign up to sponsor her here!

From her sponsorship page:

When you see *Glory, you will most likely see a wide smile spread across her face. Most of the time, she is reserved and mild-tempered, but it doesn’t keep her from expressing herself when she has her mind made up! She attends on-site class and loves to play with puzzles and build blocks. She also enjoys music time, especially playing the maraca. She has physiotherapy weekly, and has begun to enjoy walking around and being more mobile, so she can be in on the action wherever she goes.

Update 2017:

*Glory now lives in Faith Home. She attends on-site school, called New Horizons, where she learns to make bracelets and flower garlands as a vocation, takes music class, and learns at her own educational level. Learn more about her school, as well as donate toward operational costs, here.

*Glory has one of the hugest smiles you will ever see! In 2015, she received custom orthotics to help her learn to stand and bear weight on her legs, as well as a custom wheelchair to help her become more mobile and to be comfortable sitting for long periods of time in the correct position.

Original post:

Here we are, on day 85 of SCH’s 105 in 105 sponsorship campaign. Today you’re going to meet an extraordinary young lady. And you are going to be amazed by the story you hear.

Please, read on to learn more about wonderful featured child of the day – *Glory!

At just 13, *Glory has been through so much. *Glory has been diagnosed with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis. Can you imagine having osteoporosis at age 13? Now, can you imagine having osteoporosis at 13, as a result of neglect in the hands of a government orphanage so over-crowded no one cares what happens to you, and no one cares if you need food, and no one cares if you are dying or seriously injured due a severe medical condition that has developed way before it usually manifests?

That is what *Glory has suffered through, not knowing the love and care of safe arms to hold her. But all that has changed now, because 3 years ago, *Glory was rescued from that government orphanage and brought to SCH, where she began to thrive and grow – and continues to do so, to this day! *Glory is described as sweet and quiet, gentle and sincere.

But, the other side of *Glory LOVES to help her friends however she can! What a sweetheart… she appreciates the little things in life, like enjoying the companionship of just sitting next to you and having your undivided attention. *Glory doesn’t need fancy entertainment devices – she’s just content to spend a few beautiful, quiet moments with you.

*Glory loves to show her pretty hair-dos, especially when her hair is in braids. *Glory also enjoys spending time at the beach – though she didn’t walk independently at the time, when she visited the ocean with volunteer Cassie, she wanted to get closer and closer to the big waves!

Will you help support *Glory so she continues to thrive and grow, and so someday you may have the privilege of meeting her in all her glory?

This sponsorship pays for *Glory’s nutritious food, clean drinking water, and supplements; it pays for her general medical care, medications for her epilepsy, and physiotherapy; it pays for her ayah and the nurses, volunteers, and other staff that all contribute to taking care of her; it pays for her safe resting place where she is surrounded by the love of people rooting for her.

Sponsorship will do so much for *Glory, and she will never have to know the feeling of ‘going without’ ever again.

*Glory’s life matters! She is worthy of love and sponsorship! I want to shout from the rooftops that *Glory, and every other child and young adult at SCH, has intrinsic value not based on their disabilities – whatever they may be. Everyone deserves to be loved.

Become a part of SCH’s family, and *Glory’s village, by pledging to sponsor her.

If sponsorship isn’t possible for you, please SHARE this story so that maybe someone you know will be able to help financially. Every little bit counts! Anything you can do to help continue to improve the quality of the children’s lives at SCH is a positive thing.

From *Glory’s sponsorship page:

Name:  Glory

Age: 13

Birth Date: December 1998

Date to SCH: February 2009

Other Details about me: I have cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and osteoporosis. I am gentle, quiet, and am quick to lend a helping hand to my friends.

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 $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. 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.

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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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