Update 2018: *Honor is listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’).
Update 2017: Sweet *Honor now lives in Joy Home Yellow. *Honor is described as a very sweet, loving young lady who enjoys giving affection as much as receiving it. She loves to spend one-on-one time with others. *Honor is spunky and silly and likes to dance and play games. She has a craniofacial deformity that she used to hide until coming to SCH, where she feels loved and accepted just as she is. She no longer shies away from cameras or people, but is confident in her appearance. She needs $100/month more in sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored. Sponsor her here.
Today is cutie *Honor’s day in the spotlight! *Honor is such a special girl. She loves to dance! I’m so happy that *Honor came to SCH, because she is an amazing, happy girl who deserves the best! *Honor wasn’t always so comfortable in her own skin, though. When she came to SCH, she hid her craniofacial deformity (the result of hydrocephalus) underneath a scarf, because she was embarrassed by the difference in appearance. Within a short time of arriving at SCH, *Honor knew she was loved enough she didn’t have to be embarrassed by her differences any more.
She knows she is loved for who she is, and also beautiful just the way she is, and therefore doesn’t need to hide her sweet face. *Honor may have a reconstruction surgery sometime in the future to help protect her brain and her eye, but this is not certain. Even so, *Honor is beautiful as she is.
Right now, *Honor is so confident in herself, not to mention spunky, silly, and loving. However, she lives in a society that frowns upon those it sees as ‘different’. It is going to take a lot of hard work by a lot of people to change the negative stigma that surrounds this sweet, nurturing, loving, beautiful 9 year old girl, just because she is physically different. *Honor’s disability is directly related to her craniofacial disorder; she is cognitively ‘normal’ and a very bright girl, at that! She does have partial vision loss in one eye, on the side that is affected by her facial differences. *Honor attends mainstream private school.
*Honor is almost fully sponsored, but there are still other children whose sponsorship levels are much lower. Sponsorship does great things, as you know by now, and it is oh-so-important that each and every child has a village behind them, ready to support, love, and watch as the children grow and thrive in the wonderful environment in which they live at SCH. Food, water, supplements, ayahs and nurses, medication, physical therapy, medical attention, a warm bed, clothes to wear, all the things that you know are essential to growth and development, and so great, plus so much more.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: June 2005
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I have a craniofacial deformity that I used to hide until coming to SCH, where I feel more accepted and loved just as I am. This deformity does not impair my cognitive ability, and I am able to attend mainstream school. I am spunky and silly, and like to dance.
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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!