Update 2017: *Stephen loves making crafts and coloring. He attends an on-site special education school at Victory Home where he lives, with the help of a tutor. He participates in a vocational training program at school.
Today, I’m honored to introduce you to a big brother of SCH!
His blog name is *Stephen, and he is 22 years old. *Stephen is always willing to help – especially if you’re carrying something heavy! He’ll take it for you right away and transport it to wherever it needs to go. The younger kids look up to him as another father-type figure and they listen to him, too. When *Stephen tells them to stop doing something, they do! It’s great that the kids see him as an authority figure. *Stephen has an intellectual disability, but that doesn’t discredit him. It’s only a very small part of who he is, and it is not a defining characteristic for him. He’s described as very outgoing and always ready to shake hands upon greeting you.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to see past the fact the young adults at SCH aren’t squishy little babies. But you know what? We need to see past it, because young men like *Stephen matter too. *Stephen deserves the best quality of care, the same as any child at SCH. He needs guidance, not to mention basic life essentials.
Because *Stephen will stay at SCH until he no longer needs assistance, we must not forget that he deserves sponsorship as well. This sponsorship pays for *Stephen’s food and clean drinking water, his medical care if needed, and ayahs and nurses. It ensures that *Stephen has a safe place to sleep at night, clothes to wear, and shelter over his head without fear of losing those things or being turned out on the street. If *Stephen remains at SCH for the rest of his life, that will be okay, because they don’t believe in turning anyone out at any certain age.
Sponsorship is a gift that has the potential to last a lifetime.
From *Stephen’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: June 1990
Date to SCH: March 2008
Other Details About Me: I have an intellectual disability. I am outgoing and act as a wonderful “big brother” to the other kids.
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.
*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!