Update 2017: *Elodie now lives at Faith Home! She uses a custom wheelchair to get around. today, she is a much more active child, and her old description at the bottom of this page is becoming pretty obsolete (except in the matter of kissy noises – she still covets those!). She has a huge, sweet grin and loves to have her hair braided.
Today’s the day to introduce you to sweet *Elodie! *Elodie is a relatively recent addition to SCH, arriving with the group of children who came just one year ago (from 2013). She has come so far in her development! You see, *Elodie has microcephaly, cerebral palsy, and a seizure disorder, and when she first arrived, she was skeletal from malnutrition and neglect. She has become so healthy and chubby!
She looks her age now, instead of years younger. *Elodie is usually pretty quiet and not-very-interactive, but she looooves it when you make loud, kissy noises at her, and she’ll give you the hugest smile if you oblige her! So cute. *Elodie loves to snuggle and be held, but recently, her sleeping schedule has been reversed – and she’s been sleeping during the day, and then awake all night long! However, *Elodie is not a demanding child at all, though she’d love to be held all day, if possible. ^_^
*Elodie needs sponsorship to ensure she has the very best care possible. It ensures that she receives the proper and necessary medical care, including medication for her seizures and physiotherapy to prevent her joints from becoming stiff due to her cerebral palsy, and also fulfills general medical visits. Sponsorship provides nutritious foods and supplements, plus clean water. It pays for *Elodie’s ayah, nurses, and other caregivers. It gives *Elodie a sense of peace that she will be taken care of, no matter what the circumstances, and tells her she is loved around the world.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: January 2008
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I have microcephaly, cerebral palsy, and a seizure disorder. I’m not typically very responsive or active, but I smile really big when someone makes loud, smacking kissy sounds at me.
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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.
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