Update 2017: *Glory now lives in Faith Home Orange. She attends on-site school, called New Horizons, where she learns 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 be comfortable sitting for long periods of time in the correct position. *Glory is still in need of $260/month in sponsorship funds. Sponsor here.
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 lives every day with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and osteoporosis. Can you imagine having osteoporosis at age 13? Now, can you imagine having osteoporosis at 13, as a result of severe neglect in the hands of a government orphanage where no one cares what happens to you, and no one cares if you need food, and no one cares if you are dying or being seriously injured by a severe medical condition that has developed in your body way before the time 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 you her pretty hair-do’s, especially when her hair is in braids. *Glory also enjoys spending time at the beach – even though she doesn’t walk indepently, she wanted to get closer and closer to the big waves when she visited with volunteer Cassie.
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 abilities or 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:
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.
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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 $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!