Update 2018: *Dinah (Courage Home) is now listed for international adoption with the advocacy 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 ***
Update 2017: *Dinah is now walking independently. She attends on-site school at Anjali School for the Blind, where she learns life skills and academics. She participates in hippotherapy (horse riding therapy) and receives physical therapy in her home.
Learn more about her by searching her name in the blog tags or choosing it in the categories.
Sorry for the delay in this post, it is taking me forever to write as I burned my pointer finger with a hot glue gun, and it slows me down significantly. However, this post is meant to be an update on Nikki & Tori’s daughter *Dinah specifically, and then more generally the current needs of Courage Home Purple (where *Dinah lives with her foster siblings, mamas, and ayahs).
*Dinah is making so much wonderful progress lately. She is blossoming. She is standing independently without support, as well as moving from a sitting to standing position unsupported and walking unsupported (she has diplegic cerebral palsy, a mild form of CP which makes walking more challenging), both un-prompted and when Nikki says ‘up’ to her, cueing her to stand up and walk. She also knows how to crawl, is learning to use the iPad, and is improving in her play skills.
These are big developments for *Dinah, who used to be unmotivated and mostly wanted to sleep. The ayahs are calling her ‘naughty girl’ affectionately, and for good reason – she loves to dump any and every cup of water she comes across, toss shoes from the second story balcony, hide them around the house, and get all the toys out of the toy box, as well as climb onto the child-sized table when no one is looking to lounge on top of it. 🙂
So much mischief! *Dinah does daily eye strengthening exercises to help combat her nystagmus, a condition which causes her eyes to ‘shake’ or ‘vibrate’ naturally. What a big girl!
*Dinah is fully sponsored at this time.
Tori has written a blog post which intersects with Nikki’s, as well as this one. You can read it here – it was written for Orphan Sunday, and it is beautiful – it introduces you quite well to the children in need of full or partial sponsorship in her family! Go check it out and help make a change in a child’s life. It has awesome videos as well as a small current bio of the girls who currently need their sponsorship fulfilled! 🙂
In other news, Courage Home, Nikki & Tori’s new living space with the kids, needs a little help getting started! You can offer your support here, on SCH’s official website.
These needs are currently to help purchase items from the family’s Amazon India wish list (toys, clothes, snacks, and home items), which offers free shipping within India and has currency conversion [current/ongoing need as of 2018].
Thanks for reading!
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. 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 the city in which they live (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! Also, here is the link to SCH’s general fund. In addition, you can give a one-time donation to any home by visiting each home’s landing page on SCH’s official website, under the heading “Meet Our Kids”! 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.