Update 2017: *Molly continues to thrive in her foster home, Courage Home Purple, where she continues to live with her co-foster moms. *Mol uses a specialized computer, called an eye-gaze computer, on her wheelchair tray to speak and carry out activities. Though sighted, she attends classes at Anjali School for the Blind on-site in her home, where she learns at her own academic level. *Mol can ride an adapted bike and is strengthening her core and neck muscles every day! To learn more about *Molly, select her name from my tags or visit the category with her name in this blog’s side-bar.
Update 2015: *Molly is 8 years old. *Molly now attends a private school for children with disabilities. *Molly received a custom wheelchair to help her be better-positioned. She is learning to use a communication device and is actually very smart! She was exceeding all expectations with learning how to use every previous communication device, and is quickly mastering the current device just beautifully, despite previously being labeled as having an intellectual disability.
She is bilingual and understands both English and Telugu. She is learning to read and do math at home in addition to attending school. She picks up new information so quickly, and can often become quite bored! Her moms have found out a lot about her spunky personality since the original information posted by SCH. She has seen huge strides in development and is now a healthy, happy, well-adjusted girl. Her epilepsy has not caused any incidents lately, so she was weaned off epilepsy medications.
She lives with co-foster moms Nikki and Merissa and 11 13 foster siblings: *Lily, *Nolan, *Dinah, *Cedar, *Jasmine, *Theo (adopted!), *Louise (adopted!), *Selah, *Chloe, *Mae, *Teagan, *Brianna, *Addie, and *Charlotte (Deepa), whom Nikki has adopted! You can sign up to follow Nikki and Merissa’s respective blogs hereand here. To access blog posts with photos, you will need to contact them individually. Due to regulations put in place by the Indian government, SCH had to remove public identifying photos from the internet to protect the children’s privacy against trafficking.
Today is giggly, sweet, beautiful *Molly’s day, and I’m so glad to announce she is FULLY SPONSORED!!!! Yay, this is great news. This means *Molly will always have the best support system behind her. Though she is both non-mobile and non-verbal, *Molly is described as quiet with a sweet personality and an eager smile on her face all the time. *Molly is 6 years old and has been at SCH for a while, since all the way back in December of 2009. *Molly has cerebral palsy, has been weaned from epilepsy medication, and was misdiagnosed with an intellectual disability. She has a stunning, mega-watt smile!
*Molly is such a smiley, giggly little girl who snorts when she laughs! It doesn’t get any cuter than that. *Molly has a special place in my heart. If you remember when I was posting a lot about Anjali, you may have heard *Molly’s name simultaneously, as Nikki was raising funds to pay Anjali and *Molly’s personal ayah, who was called Nagendram and took care of the girls. Nikki reached her goal, and Anjali and *Molly had their very own ayah together for quite a few months, up until Anjali’s tragic return to heaven to be with her Father. Even though Anjali is gone, *Molly is still here – and a part of Anjali will always be with *Molly. They were so close to sisters, it’s uncanny – both had beautiful dark curls and, when Anjali opened up, sweet personalities to match each other. Though it’s sad to know that Anjali is no longer with us on the Earth, *Molly is still here, and she is loved immensely!
It’s such a blessing when any child at SCH becomes fully sponsored, because that child’s life is significantly changed from that day forward. With sponsorship, the children benefit from nutritious food, clean drinking water, health-improving supplements like pediasure, medical care including routine doctor’s visits, medications, physical and other therapies, caregivers like ayahs, nurses, or and/or foster parents, warm beds to sleep in, clean clothes to wear, and a safe roof over their heads, plus so much more! Being loved near and far is another benefit that comes from full sponsorship.
Since *Molly is fully sponsored (yes, you did that!), I’m going to ask today that you consider committing to make a monthly donation to another child who love to giggle as much as she does, like *Dhivena(needs $300/month), *Wendy(needs $220/month), or *Zoe (needs $260/month). Each of these girls deserves full sponsorship!
*Wendy was featured on day 2; *Zoe was featured on day 87; and *Dhivena was featured on day 15.
If you can’t afford to give financially, as always please remember to SHARE THIS NEED! It’s a great need, and it’s one that SCH unfortunately cannot fill on its own. SCH is a strictly donation-run charitable organization, which means they rely solely on contributions from people like you and me.
From *Molly’s sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 2006
Date to SCH: December 2009
Other Details About Me: I have Cerebral Palsy [and have been weaned off of] Epilepsy [medication], and am Intellectually Disabled. I have a quiet, sweet nature and a beautiful smile.
Spread the word, sponsor a child! It is so worth it.
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!