Update 2018: *Alesa has moved to Faith Home, a foster home with girls of various ages in which she is living with a foster parent with whom she is attached. It was determined that this move was in her best interest, and she is already thriving and fitting in beautifully, settling into a new vocational school environment and helping the younger kids in the home with their education. She needs $260/month more in sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here.
From her sponsorship page:
*Alesa is a lovely, mature young lady. She is spunky and enjoys being silly with her foster sisters. She loves being girly, painting her nails, and having her hair braided, like most girls here. She also enjoys playing cards and board games. *Alesa is hard-working and studies diligently. She pays special attention to detail, and it shows in her handwriting—it’s very neat and beautiful! *Alesa’s warm smile is always inviting, and we enjoy spending time with her!
*Alesa is sweet, smart, and loves to sing! She has a winning smile – beautiful as can be. She attends mainstream private school and speaks some English. *Alesa has compensated hydrocephalus, for which she has a shunt. All her teachers brag about how smart and funny she is, and she loves to entertain anyone who comes to visit her. She loves to sing, and does so beautifully! *Alesa loves to make people happy with her silly personality, and enjoys making others laugh. How can you resist a girl like this?
Former foster mother Haley describes her best:
There’s just something about a joyful spirit that can’t go unnoticed. When there’s joy on someone’s face and in their hearts, you can’t help but feel it spilling over into your life as well. This is something that is so true for *Alesa. Her smile, her laugh, and her all-around wonderful personality paint a beautiful image of joy. *Alesa is one who knows what it means to be joyful in the midst of any and every circumstance. And that joy overflows into the lives of those around her as well.
At the schoolgirls’ apartment where she [formerly lived], *Alesa [could] almost always be found making our staff members smile and giggle as she tells of her adventures at school that day; she is always so helpful and never complains when asked to help; and her enthusiasm at school makes her teachers and principal brag on what a great student she is! We’re so proud of her the wonderful young lady she is becoming!
What a special gift to hear from someone who has known and loved *Alesa well!
It is important to educate the children at SCH, especially the girls, because this broadens their chances at a bright future. These are the future leaders of the world! General sponsorship ensures that *Alesa gets the proper and necessary nutrition, clean drinking water, medical care including medications and doctors’ visits, a safe place to grow, a warm bed to sleep in, and clean clothes to help her keep her confidence strong, plus so much more. Become a part of *Alesa’s village today by considering a monthly contribution to her sponsorship fund.
From *Alesa’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: May 2000
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have hydrocephalus with a VP shunt. I have a spunky personality and like being silly! I attend mainstream school and speak English.
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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 become 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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