Update 2017: *Louise, named Aleeya, received her second cochlear implant. She has been adopted by an American family! She now lives with her mother, father, and siblings.
Today, I’m writing about a little girl who lives in India. Her name is *Louise (this is an online name, to protect her privacy), and she is three years old. *Louise is D/deaf and already has a cochlear implant on her right side. She is sassy, smart, and funny. She communicates through a combination of speech and sign language and is really starting to bloom.
But, *Louise is struggling with learning to hear. Getting a second implant will improve *Louise’s hearing and in turn, improve her ability to speak clearly. The second implant will also help her to better mesh into her world, since India, like other developing countries, is less accessible to the D/deaf at this time.
*Louise lives at Sarah’s Covenant Homes in Courage Home. SCH is an organization that rescues previously abandoned children from government orphanages in Hyderabad.
She lives with her two foster mothers, Nikki & Tori, 11 foster siblings, and ayahs (caregivers), and they love to live, laugh, and love together. She received a year of auditory therapy at the hospital where she received her first implant, as well as at home with her foster moms and a teacher. She is becoming fluent in ASL, and uses a combination of speech and sign language to communicate. *Louise attends mainstream preschool and is thriving in that environment.
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.
*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian government 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!