Unfortunately, *Jake has passed away.
From her sponsorship page:
*Bella is an unassuming and reserved young lady who makes staff laugh in the most unexpected ways, from a very unique enunciation of a word, to a random giggle. Though not very vocal, the little she says and her body language speaks volumes. She is very active in her on-site education class and loves to learn. She enjoys stringing beads, doing puzzles, making things with duplo blocks, coloring, and other hands-on activities. *Bella loves music class, and the clacker is always her choice instrument. She loves to give and receive hugs. *Bella has been working hard in therapy and is building a great bond with her physiotherapist.
*Jake is Miss *Bella’s older brother. *Jake hasn’t been at SCH for very long, and he has some of the same symptoms as *Bella. They are both currently undiagnosed at this time.
*Jake is not very verbal, but he loves to interact with adults. He does speak sometimes. He is described as sometimes stubborn and very strong-willed. Sounds like all-boy to me!
*Jake is 17 years old, and as such, it sounds like he exhibits typical ‘teenage boy’ behavior – even rolling his eyes sometimes when you’re talking to him!
From Jake’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: 1995
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I have a wonderful smile. I don’t speak very often, but you can tell by the way my face lights up that I love being interacted with. My sister, *Bella, is also at SCH with similar, undiagnosed symptoms.
From Bella’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: May 1997
Date to SCH: September 2011
Other Details About Me: I haven’t been at SCH long, and am still gaining strength after being severely malnourished and neglected in the state-run orphanage. Other than that, my cognitive and physical delays have not been attributed to a particular disorder. My brother, *Jake, is also at SCH with similar symptoms.
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*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.