*Phoebe, *Victoria, *Jeanette, & *Stephanie Go to School!


PD: A girl stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari that is hot pink, blue, & gold w/ paisley accents & sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles.

UPDATED 2/27/18

PD: The girls of Joy Home include – back row – *Paxton, *Gemma, *Violet, *Jeanette, *Stephanie, *Victoria; front row – *Livy, *Rosie , *Lucy, *Angel (adopted!), *Eloise, *Esther. The girls wear a mix of traditional Indian & Western clothing. All have hearts drawn over their faces to protect their identity.

Other girls who now live at Joy Home (not pictured) are: *Bethany, *Heidi, *Honor, and *Tricia.

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Original Post:

Educate a girl. Change the world!

Before you read this post, go here and read what Carrie had to say about the move to Hyderabad and the girls’ acceptance into schools! All 12 girls are now enrolled. They are carrying out an educational sponsorship campaign at the moment, because usually, sending kids to school in India is expensive! Links to help with that need are available in Carrie’s post, as well.

Four of Carrie and Abby’s daughters, *Victoria, *Jeanette, *Phoebe (who has since been adopted), and *Stephanie, have been accepted into a school for the blind in Hyderabad, called Devnar. This is a huge blessing and just one of the improvements to the girls’ lives that has come about with their recent move to the new city. There are so many more resources there, as well!

From Carrie’s Facebook page:

These four amazing girls are going to school! They have started at Devnar School for the Blind. They will be learning to read and write in Braille as well as learning their regular academics! Today was their fourth day at Devnar and they are ecstatic! They each come home with stories of the friends they made, the snacks they ate, and the things they learned that day! One of the many great things about Devnar is that it is completely free for our girls to attend!! Their education, Braille textbooks, uniforms, lunch, and snacks are all free!! The only thing we have to pay for is transportation to get them there each day! *Victoria and *Phoebe already have school sponsors! So we only need two people who can commit to sponsoring either *Stephanie or *Jeanette at $25 a month so they can get to school!

ABOUT THE GIRLS

*Stephanie

*Steph, age 17, needs $215/month in sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored. Click here to sign up.

You can read more about *Stephanie on Carrie’s blog here (click link to be redirected). You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Stephanie’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her. Read what I’ve written about her on this blog elsewhere here.

*Stephanie has aged out of being able to be adopted internationally. This means she will most likely live at, or be supported by, SCH for the rest of her life. This is why sponsorship is so important. Please consider partnering with me in sponsoring *Steph!

*Phoebe

*Phoebe has been adopted!

You can read more about *Phoebe on Carrie’s blog here (click link to be redirected).You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Phoebe’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her. Read what I’ve written about her on this blog here.

*Victoria

*Victoria is fully sponsored!

You can read more about *Victoria on Carrie’s blog here (click link to be redirected). You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Victoria’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her. Read what I’ve written about her elsewhere on this blog here.

*Victoria, age 13, 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 ***

*Jeanette

*Jeanette is fully sponsored!

You can read more about *Jeanette on Carrie’s blog here (click link to be redirected). You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Jeanette’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her. Read what I’ve written about her elsewhere on this blog here.

*Jeanette, age 11, is 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 ***

ABOUT JOY HOME

Joy Home is home to fifteen sweet girls. Our Joy girls range between the ages of two and [seventeen]. The majority of our Joy Home girls attend local public schools, where they learn English, math, and science. They also have on-site tutors that help them with their school work.

A few of our older girls attend Anjali School for the Blind, our on-site school for our blind children. This energetic bunch loves to spend time playing together and is frequently found playing together on the trampoline.

Use this link to donate to Joy Home, where the girls live! They share this home with another foster family.

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Thank you for following me. Visibility is so, so important for these girls, as well as the rest of the kids at SCH. Visibility helps them reach completed sponsorship. Visibility shows others that these girls are important. People who are blind are just as capable of living independent lives as people who are sighted.

These girls are smart, they are important, they are beautiful.

*Phoebe speaks two languages, often translating Telugu into English for her foster mothers and other visitors. She also types on the computer, plays the keyboard, writes her name manually using a pencil and no guides, and loves helping out with her younger siblings.

*Stephanie learned how to use her guide cane when walking within two days of receiving it. She also plays the mini keyboard and has memorized bible verses.

*Victoria, who has a small amount of vision in one eye, is a pro at navigating her surroundings and is learning to ride a bicycle.

*Jeanette loves to explore her environment, and is described as a fearless, wild child!

Each of the girls has their own unique personality, as well as their own unique set of skills and strengths.

An adequate and quality education tailored to their individual needs is the key to allowing these girls, and all children, to reach their full potential. Education opens up new worlds to children. They learn how to read, write, and do math, but they also learn so. Much. More. They learn that they have value, that they can stand up for themselves, and that their unique talents are meaningful. They learn that they can contribute to the world in ways they never dreamed possible. At their new school, *Phoebe, *Victoria, *Stephanie, and *Jeanette will learn how to read and write Braille, as well as learn all the other academic curriculum elements. They will learn that they can change the world!

“Educate a girl. Change the world.”

This is a popular phrase in empowerment circles, and for good reason! If you would like to read more about how educating girls can change the world, here are some resources (click the links to be redirected to that website’s front page).

RESOURCES

Girl Rising

Website excerpt:

Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide.

About Girl Rising:

Girl rising “use[s] the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl.” Girl Rising started with a documentary film, and has turned into a worldwide movement.

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Connect to Learn

About Connect to Learn:

Connect To Learn is a global initiative that provides scholarships for girls and boys in impoverished areas to attend secondary school, and implements mobile broadband technology to connect their classrooms to a 21st century education.  Through Connect To Learn, a girl in the most remote village can walk into a classroom where she and her teachers have the opportunity to connect to people and information across the globe via the Internet, opening the door to a new world of knowledge and possibility.

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Girl Effect

About Girl Effect:

Girls can play a crucial role in solving the most persistent development problems we face in the world today. When we include girls in education, health, and economic investment, we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. But girls can’t do it alone; they need the world to listen to them and invest in their potential.

The girl effect is a movement. It’s about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world. It’s about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources.

Thank you for reading and for considering contributing to a child’s sponsorship. If you can’t help financially, please share Carrie’s post and help spread the word about education! This is the next generation of the world – let’s make universal education a reality! We can work together to change how the world views girls and education.

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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 an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school; or, sponsor a birthday party! 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.

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.

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