*Naomi has moved into a new foster home, Faith Home. She still needs $50/month to complete her sponsorship. Sign up to sponsor her here! When you do, you’ll receive quarterly updates on her progress, with photos!
*Naomi is listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ or ‘Find Me Friday‘ tabs on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’).
She is eligible for a $15,000 Older Child with Down Syndrome Grant through Reece’s Rainbow, if a prospective family submits certain paperwork.
PD: *Naomi’s face is covered partially to protect her identity. She wears a purple/white striped shirt, delicate earrings, & her long, dark hair is half-up, half-down. She has some sparse bangs across her forehead.
*Naomi now lives at Jubilee Home, where she attends on-site school. Learn more about the school, New Horizons School, as well as donate toward operational costs, here. She is spunky and smart, and loves the movie franchise ‘Despicable Me’. A few years back, she actually had a Minions cake for her birthday!
I am going to be doing a series of posts to introduce you to some girls who live in India. Usually, when I write about India, I am writing about Nikki’s kids over at One Tiny Starfish.
However, the focus of this post will be another group of amazing kids who have just recently met their second foster mama – Nikki’s down-stairs neighbors! 🙂 They live in a foster home called Grace Home Purple. You can read about Carrie’s adventures in full detail over at her blog, Life is Being Found. Carrie’s seven foster daughters include *Stephanie, who has a piece of my heart though we’ve never met, as well as *Chelsea (adopted!), *Heidi, *Angel (adopted!), *Leah, *Naomi, and *Paula (this number was eventually expanded to 12 before Carrie transitioned back home to the states, which contributed to the makeup of Joy Home today!). Carrie has plans to do some posts about each of the girls she’s fostering, interspersed with general posts.
So, with that brief backstory, the remainder of this blog post is to be about a little girl living half a world away in India. Her online name is *Naomi. *Naomi lives at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH), which I have written about extensively here on my blog. I know I don’t get many readers, but I really do appreciate those of you who do read it!
*Naomi’s new foster mom recently arrived to take care of her foster family, who are all girls ranging from preschool to teen, who attend mainstream school. SCH has worked very hard to get these girls into mainstream schools, because as you know from reading here previously, children with disabilities are not considered worthy of education. This is partially because their disabilities are seen as curses upon their parents for wrong doing, and partially because since these girls are technically ‘orphans’ (yes, despite living in an amazing family-style foster home with love all around them, they still do technically live at an orphanage), which means they are in the lowest tier of the caste system in India.
*Naomi just turned 9 in April. She has a disability, but that doesn’t hold her back from being a happy, expressive, spunky, loving, smart child. *Naomi’s needs do not define her. The hope is that *Naomi will eventually have a forever family, along with all the other children at SCH who are of adoptable age.
For those children who have aged out of the system to be adopted, they will always be welcome at SCH. Unlike government orphanages, Sarah’s Covenant Homes doesn’t kick children out when they are ‘too old’ to be adopted. In fact, the oldest ‘child’ in SCH history was actually in his 30s! They value each and every life, and see the potential in everybody, which I believe is something everyone should aspire to emulate.
So without further ado, meet *Naomi, in Carrie’s words!
Donation opportunities include child sponsorship 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 city in which they live (Ongole or Hyderabad), among other factors.
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. You can 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.
*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.