Update 2017: Edison has been adopted, and now lives in America with his family! When he arrived in the states, he revealed that he has known he was a boy since he was very young. He is very happy and living his truth! Names and pronouns in this post have been modified to reflect his true self.
Meet *Jack! He’s the last, but certainly not the least, child featured in SCH’s ‘105 in 105’ sponsorship campaign, AND he is also FULLY SPONSORED! He has uniquely created fingers and toes, and is a beautiful little one full of spunkiness, giggles, and joy! He attends mainstream private school with some foster siblings. He is nothing short of adorable, has specially-made fingers and toes, and is extremely mobile. He loves to make new friends with the volunteers and other visitors who visit the home, and is described as a social butterfly. He enjoys coloring and doing anything else her others sisters are doing, as well.
I urge you to consider becoming a sponsor to a child at SCH who does not currently have a fully covered sponsorship fund. Remember, sponsorship covers the cost of each child’s nutritious food, clean drinking water, daily supplements including pediasure, vitamins, and minerals, their medical needs including routine doctor’s visits, medications, physio- or other therapies, their ayahs and nurses, their very own warm bed, clean clothes to wear, and a safe and comfortable roof over their heads, for as long as they may need it. If that means until they are adopted, or for the rest of their lives, only time will tell!
One thing is for sure, though – SCH will never turn a child or young adult away because of age, or under any other circumstance. No matter how difficult it is to love a child, it is worth it! Every child has the ability to love – some just need a little extra help learning how to give and receive affection. Each and every child at SCH has his or her own positive attributes that outweigh any special need or disability they may have. It takes a village to raise a child – SCH is raising 150+.
<p. Donation opportunities include child sponsors at any cost per month, from as low as $25/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 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.
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!
If you cannot give financially, I urge you to SHARE THE NEED. There are still many children who are not yet fully sponsored, and I hope that at the least we can ‘0 the 0’s’ in each child’s fund so that they may all have equal opportunities in life.
Even non-verbal, non-mobile children with the severest of disabilities or needs deserve a comfortable life. These children have amazing value in our society, but in India, people don’t necessarily think of it that way. Parts of Indian culture may deem these children worthless, but they are not worthless! Each child contributes to this world using his or her own personal abilities. They were put here for a reason, sometimes it just takes a little longer to pin down that purpose. Whether the purpose is to give joy to those around them with bright smiles or beautiful personalities, or to grow up to prove everyone in their culture wrong about abandoned children, each and every one has their own special reason to be here.
SCH is doing great things – because of SCH, children who would otherwise be denied education because of things like ‘ limited mobility’ or ‘cognitive disability’, or even being blind or D/deaf, receive an education – because SCH fights to make sure that child is enrolled in a private school, if possible, where they can grow and thrive to the best of their ability. If they cannot be enrolled in school with their peers, they are taught at on-site schools or in their foster homes by loving foster parents.
Because of SCH, children who previously lay dying and starving in government orphanages, neglected, forgotten, and denied medical care, love, and affection, are now healthy and growing in a safe, protected, loving environment, where the goal is to get them into families if they are eligible, or be their family if they are not eligible.
Because of SCH, children who were mistakenly labeled as having a disability or other medical needs have proven through evaluation that there was absolutely no trace of that need in the first place.
Because of SCH, children who were suffering with horrific, typically fixable or avoidable ailments, like hepatitis or bed sores, languishing in pain from conditions like untreated scoliosis, ignored because of cerebral palsy that could have benefited from early intervention or physiotherapy, or left with open spina bifida wounds, or even denied routine medical treatment for conditions like clubbed feet or hemiplegia because they were labeled ‘mentally retarded'(a detestable phrase), and therefore not worthy of having simple operations that are typically performed at or near birth, have all benefited from the necessary and proper surgeries and therapies being provided to them. Because of SCH,
105 170 children are not only ALIVE and WELL, but they are also GROWING and THRIVING in a safe, loving environment, which is providing the best possible care and opportunities for each and every one.
Though we have come to the end of the 105 in 105 sponsorship campaign, it is not too late to sponsor a child! I know this isn’t my duty, but I’m doing it any way because I am wholly invested in making sure that each and every child who has stepped foot inside SCH’s (growing number of) doors is fully sponsored, so they receive the best care possible. This cause is immensely important. SCH is raising the future of India!
Spread the word, sponsor a child.