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 ***
PD: *Dinah wears a navy floral dress w/ a blue bow pulling back the front part of her hair. You can see her big smile despite the graphic that obscures part of her face to protect her identity.
Update 2017: *Dinah receives hippotherapy (she rides horses!) at a local horse stable. She attends Anjali School for the Blind in her home at Courage Home Purple, where she learns life skills and other educational skills. Dinah’s nystagmus (constant ‘shaking’ or ‘vibrating’ of the eyes) affects her vision, but she does have sight. She does doctor-recommended exercises to help strengthen her eye muscles. She has a bright and bubbly personality and the most beautiful, long, dark hair! Her ayahs love to braid and style it, and no one ever wants to get it cut!
*Dinah is fully sponsored, so all her needs are met. She has gained some foster siblings: *Mae and *Teagan.
All these things have been made possible by co-foster moms Nikki and Merissa’s love and care.
Photo Description: *Dinah, standing w/ hands on the balcony railing & smiling; a sticker covers her face to protect her identity. Her hair is in two braids & she wears pink t-shirt & tan pants tucked into tall riding boots!
Here is an update on *Dinah.
*Dinah turned 7 years old in February. I’ve written about *Dinah before, but she’s never had her own post that I can remember, so here it is! *Dinah has made all sorts of progress recently. She’s learned to walk, say her first word, play with toys, play with others, and make mischief. Boy, does she love to make mischief!
She can also get to a stand from the floor independently and without pulling up on anything. *Dinah’s walking is a real milestone for her. She has mild diplegic cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and has made it more difficult for her to learn to walk in the past. She receives daily therapy from her foster moms and ayahs. She now uses walking as her preferred method of moving (she can also crawl very well), and is very motivated to walk.
Her ayah (caregiver) loves her very much! She also has an eye condition called nystagmus, which means her eyes ‘vibrate’. Luckily, she recently visited a doctor who prescribed eye exercises to help strengthen her eyes and help her compensate for the shaking. She is learning to use an iPad to play educational learning games and communicate using programmed speech buttons.
She knows her daily routine and has many ways of making herself known, such as making her way to the table in another room when she’s hungry, or taking herself to bed when she’s tired. She loves finding and dumping cups of water no matter where they are in the house, and throwing everyone’s shoes to the ground from their second-story apartment! Her family calls her the mischief-maker of the home.
Read more in-depth about *Dinah at foster mom Nikki’s blog here (due to governmental concern, privacy changed have been made – this means that to follow along with Tori and Nikki and their children’s progress, you will need to join their respective mailing lists), and foster mom Tori’s blog here.
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 schooly! 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.