He’s grown and thrived, receiving medical care and surgeries to help his development. He’s non-verbal and not mobile, but he is so full of joy and sweetness! He’s always ready to return your smiles when you give him your undivided attention, as well – he loves to hear you talk to just him and also to hear others sing. *Josh has cerebral palsy, alopecia, and an intellectual disability – but has an amazing smile.
Here’s what Cassie, a volunteer, has to say about Josh:
*Joshua has this look. It’s a funny look, and once you spend enough time with *Joshua, you pick up on it. He gives this look of “I know something that you don’t know”. He’s known around SCH as Charlie Brown, because he makes similar faces as Charlie Brown, and his hair is always styled like Charlie Brown’s hair. *Joshua is one of the first children who came to SCH, and if you take the time to get to know him, you’ll see how sweet and funny he can be!
*Josh is so beautiful in his own way – his disabilities don’t make him less of a person or any less worthy of sponsorship.
Sponsorship provides essentials for these kids, including nutritious food, clean drinking water, medical care including medication, doctor’s visits, physiotherapy, or other medical attention, ayahs, nurses, or caregivers, warm beds to sleep in, clothes to wear, the safety of a home where they can grow and thrive, plus so much more. Sponsorship lets them know that someone cares what happens to them!
The children at SCH are loved around the world by many people who have fallen in love with them, even if they have never met that child or visited SCH themselves. Please consider sponsoring a child today – if you can’t afford to sponsor a child, but would still like to help, please share this need!
From *Josh’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 1999
Date to SCH: January 2008
Other Details About Me: I have cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. I am not mobile or verbal, but love being sung and spoken to, and will give you a big smile in return.
Spread the word, sponsor a child!
Oh, and if you’re in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsors at any cost per month, from as low as $10/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.
*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.
You can also 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 by using these resources!