Update 2017: *Selah is really progressing; today, she is smart and talkative. She has received glasses. She can walk (and run!) independently and is always on the move. Her seizure disorder is controlled by medication. She attends on-site school while her foster moms look for a private school in the community for her to attend (*Selah will tentatively start at an international school in the fall!). She has gained some more foster siblings in *Mae, *Addie (current adoption being pursued by Merissa), and *Teagan. Her former foster siblings, *Louise/Aleeya, *Theo/Vignesh, and *Charlotte/Deepa (adopted by Nikki) have been adopted! All of these things have been made possible by co-foster moms Nikki and Merissa’s love and care.
Today I’m writing about a very special little girl who is new to Nikki and Tori’s family! That’s right, *Lily, *Molly, *Nolan, *Cedar, *Dinah, *Jasmine, *Theo, *Louise, *Chloe, and *Charlotte have two new sisters – *Selah (Say-lah) (age 3) and *Brianna (age 17 months)!
In other news, *Dinah is now fully sponsored!
*Selah is learning to walk, speaks some words, and is beginning to come out of her shell. She has CP. She has adjusted to and become friends with all her foster siblings, spending most of her time with *Theo and *Louise. She is a very special girl who is blossoming in her family. She is very smart. She has her own unique voice and has no problem getting your attention by shouting “HEY!” when she wants to show you something! Her sassy side is starting to come out 🙂 . She has started school!
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!