Update 2017: *Paula now lives at Jubilee Home, where she attends on-site classes at New Horizons School. Learn more about her school, as well as donate toward operational costs, here. At school, *Paula learns academics at her own education level, participates in a music class, and learns to make jewelry and flower garlands as a vocation, among other activities. *Paula still has a huuuuge smile! She gets around using a combination of scooting on her knees and using her wheelchair. She is very smart!
Update 2015: *Paula has received her first customised wheelchair! She is much more mobile and capable of taking care of her needs because of this, and it has given her a new-found confidence. *Paula is very smart and continues to attend school, either on-site or mainstream private. She has also moved foster homes and lives with other girls who attend school. She is working on supported standing.
I’m so excited to introduce you to today’s child of the day, *Paula! *Paula is the child who was featured on the November page of the SCH 2012 calendar that was available for purchase as a partial donation in September of last year (she’s blowing bubbles :)), and I loved waking up to see her sweet face when I left my room every morning to greet the day. *Paula is 10 years old, and attends a mainstream, private, English-speaking school, despite having cerebral palsy and a mild intellectual disability. Although she cannot walk, this girl is as mobile as can be; always determined to get where she intends to go.
At school, she has a personal aide who helps her to get around safely. I am so glad *Paula is able to attend school with her other school-going siblings! It is so important that each and every able child gets the best education possible. Having an intellectual disability does not mean being unable to learn – it just means *Paula may learn a little differently. And that’s okay, because we are all different, in many ways! *Paula is described as a sweet, spunky, and gentle young lady.
Sponsorship pays for nutritious meals, her ayah, nurse, and aide (SCH must provide an aide for her at school), medical care including physiotherapy, a safe place to sleep at night, and many other essential things. If you can’t afford to give financially, please share this need with others in your personal circle and community. The more exposure to the world that the children receive, the greater their chances of gaining sponsors. Become a part of *Paula’s village! She’s worth it 🙂
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 2001
Date to SCH: February 2009
Other Details About Me: I have cerebral palsy. Although I’m diagnosed with [this], I am determined to get myself around and be as mobile as I can. I attend mainstream school with the help of a personal assistant who goes with me to school. I am a sweet and gentle-natured girl with plenty of spunk and personality to go around.
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*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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