Update December 2018:
Unfortunately, Balraj, known as *Thomas, has passed away in late 2018. He was loved by his foster parents, family, and staff and caregivers. You can read a much more beautifully-worded tribute, written by one of Balraj’s former foster moms, here.
You can read what one of *Thomas’ former foster moms had to say about him here.
*Thomas has moved into Anchor Home Gold. He is a wheelchair user. His smile is super-bright nowadays! His best friend is his foster brother, *Valor, and they love to sit next to each other in their wheelchairs and spend time together! He loves to be held and for you to sing to him.
*Thomas is the featured child of the day!
*Thomas is a cute 8-year-old with beautiful, long, dark eyelashes and a sweet face. *Thomas has quite a few needs at his young age (much like cute gigglebug *Keren, who needs $125/month more in sponsorship); he has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, an intellectual disability, and is blind. Because of his cerebral palsy, he doesn’t model emotion very often. In fact, he didn’t smile his first 2 years at SCH! But someone prayed for him, and he had his first smile in 2010. Now, it’s a special treat when the staff and caregivers at SCH catch *Thomas smiling. *Thomas is such a joy.
Here is what former volunteer Cassie had to say about *Thomas:
“*Thomas doesn’t show much emotion due to his CP. I remember I had to bring him to my apartment because he had a chest infection. We had to give him special treatment. I remember one night lying next time him on the bed and he looked at me and started to smile and laugh. It was one of those “breakthrough” moments that I will never forget. I remember seeing how happy he was and it made it all worth the hard work and the long hours we had gone through to get him better!”
Are you one of *Thomas’s sponsors?
By partnering with SCH to sponsor *Thomas, you help create those moments that he smiles about.
Sponsoring *Thomas makes sure he has nutritious food, clean drinking water, healthy supplements to assist in his growth and development, ayahs, nurses, and staff to take care of him, proper and necessary medical care including medications to help control his seizures, emergency care if he needs it, and physiotherapy to make sure his joints don’t become stiff from being immobile. It makes sure he has a safe, warm place to sleep and nice clothes to wear.
You can sponsor *Thomas and ensure that he never has to go without essentials that he needs to thrive. *Thomas’s ayah and foster moms love him, and he deserves the best care possible.
Please consider becoming a partner with SCH to become part of *Thomas’s village praying for his continued progress. Help keep him comfortable and make sure he has the best life possible by giving him the gift of full sponsorship.
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: February 2004
Date to SCH: March2008
Other Details About Me: I am blind. I have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and an intellectual disability. I didn’t smile at all for the first two years I was at SCH, but gave my first beautiful smile in 2010 after someone prayed for me.
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.