I have this problem. It’s wanting to help. Whenever I hear a sad story, I want to help. Every time I read about a person who is struggling, I want to help. Every time I see a domesticated animal walking around alone, I want to help. I used to work at an action agency. We worked with homeless populations, low-income populations, downtrodden populations. And I always wanted to help.
Problem is, unless there was an emergency situation, all I could do was refer clients to a call center, where they’d be screened for help. And that can get frustrating when a person in crisis is standing right in front of you. But maybe, they don’t have that eviction notice in-hand yet. Or maybe, their power/water/heat/etc. hasn’t been shut off yet. And I had to tell those people all they could do was wait til they are in crisis, and then call the call center. Unless they were emergency homeless, there was nothing more I could do from behind the reception desk. We were the corporate office, the administrative site, and I couldn’t do anything unless they’d already called the call center, or if they’d had an appointment. I knew there was nothing more I could do, but still there I was, wishing I could do more.
That’s why I continue to donate to Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH). They’re an organization in India who rescue previously-abandoned children from government orphanages, with the goal of either reuniting them with their birth families, facilitating local and international adoptions, or providing a permanent home on a SCH property, and chances are, if you’ve ever followed this blog, you know a little bit about them.
In addition, one of their further goals is involvement within their local community, helping to keep families with children who have disabilities together, so they don’t resort to abandonment or orphanage placement. They plan to do this by providing support and resources to those families in the community. Another of their current projects is getting all the older children who are able involved with a vocational program, so they can help make SCH more sustainable. These so far have come in the shape of jewelry-making, spice-packaging, and more.
I encourage you to check them out. See the good work they are doing. Donate, if possible, or if you don’t have funds, keep SCH in your thoughts and prayers. I may not have a lot to donate, but the kids are always on my mind. Every time there is a birthday at Courage Home Purple, I provide a birthday gift for that child, usually an outfit, accessory, or highly-coveted toy or therapy supply. You, too, can donate directly toward a birthday party by giving here. Visit this page monthly for all the kids and young adults who have upcoming birthdays within the following month!
Many children are, and continue to be, listed with the adoption advocacy and grant-writing website Reece’s Rainbow! Meet all the currently-listed kids here, at this ever-growing list on my blog! If a child is over the age of 10, they are eligible for an Older Child Grant with Reece’s Rainbow if paperwork is filled out. A child’s status will be noted on the summary page I provided at the link.
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.
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!
As always, thank you for reading!