Boy, I feel like a real blogger lately! Although, I guess it helps when I have sources to help fuel what I talk about 🙂
Carrie, co-foster mom with Abby to *Stephanie, *Paula, *Heidi, *Naomi, *Jeanette, *Jackie (adopted!), *Chelsea (adopted!), *Victoria, *Phoebe (adopted!), *Angel (adopted!), *Rebekah, and *Esther, was asked to do a guest post for a blog called Thrive Moms! Go read it here!
Carrie is 20, and has already accomplished so much! This post from the other day announced that yes, she has committed to be a long-term volunteer as the girls’ co-foster mom!
I love how SCH changes the lives of more than just the children who benefit from it and its parent ministry, India Christian Ministries (ICM). So many people are captivated by the story of how SCH came to be, and feel led to serve there. Volunteers who visit once feel called back, and people who have never traveled there in person (like me!) feel drawn to spread the word of all the good SCH is doing. SCH and other organizations like it are changing the way local Indian communities see children with disabilities.
Four children have now been adopted from SCH, 2 internationally and 2 domestically. Government orphanages trust SCH and continue to send children in need their way. People in the community trust them, and are beginning to become desensitized to and become more compassionate towards kids with disabilities they meet from SCH. SCH and ICM are active in the community and lead many people spiritually, as well as in other ways.
The kids at SCH are beginning to thrive, some for the first time in their entire lives. It really is quite amazing what a village can do to raise a child (or in SCH’s case, many children). Love seeing this happen! Please, if you want, share these blog posts! And not just mine. Visit SCH’s website. Visit the other blogs linked to this one. Great things are happening and will continue to happen, and you, as part of the global community, can help (and are helping) in amazing ways. So, keep it up!
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!