Carrie, former Joy Home foster parent, has written a very on-point blog about the mass, global abandonment of children with disabilities in developing countries, including India. Please read it and share it if you feel led, as it is an important issue written in wonderful perspective by a person who has witnessed the issue. I don’t claim to have expertise with it, so I believe it would be better served if read from her perspective.
You can find that blog here.
Other SCH updates:
“Here’s some excellent information on seizures and the treatment of epilepsy. More than half of our SCH children and young adults require daily medications to control seizures.
As you may or may not know, Nikki and Merissa’s daughter *Molly used to have epilepsy, though she has been weaned off medications due to having had no incidents in the past few years. *Selah, one of *Molly’s foster sisters, also has seizure activity controlled by medication. *Selah tends to struggle more with seizure activity. Both girls are fully sponsored, so will not have to worry whether they will receive medications they may need. Some of the other children and young adults with epilepsy at SCH are not sponsored, and thus are not always guaranteed the medications they urgently need.
The following children or young adults live with epilepsy and are not yet fully sponsored (needed sponsorship amount is listed in parentheses next to each child’s name/link):
The following children or young adults have an unspecified seizure disorder and are not yet fully sponsored:
Clicking a child or young adult’s name will direct you to their individual sponsorship pages.
*Tricia is listed for international adoption with the adoption advocacy and grant writing website Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by using the top bar of my blog: under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’, click ‘Waiting Children’.
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***
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 $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!