Advocate Partnership: SCH


 

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.

I’m becoming an ‘official’ advocate partner with Sarah’s Covenant Homes!

You can become an advocate, too! Use this link to go directly to the advocacy page.

Check out their brand-new, beautifully re-designed website here.

Summary:

The SCH Advocate Program exists to equip, mobilize and launch individuals into their own personal advocacy journey. We believe a single voice has the power to make an impact – which is why we have put together countless resources to help guide and encourage you as you raise your voice for our kids!

 By joining the Advocate Program, you will receive access to resources, guides, and promotional material to help direct you as you begin advocating. As an advocate, you will have the ability to create your own fundraising cause teams pages, where you can join or create a team to fundraise for the causes you care about. Be sure to let us know when you are planning to host a fundraising or awareness event by registering your event, so we can provide further information and material tailored to your specific event.

What to Do on the Site

To meet the children in each home, click here!

Read SCH’s origin story, and meet the people who run SCH, here.

Read SCH’s blog here. This is a blog featuring posts written by foster parents, short and long term volunteers, and others.

Subscribe to the mailing list, and access other links to assist SCH, here.

How You Can Help

Pledge a monthly recurring donation to a child’s sponsorship, the education fund, or the medical fund

Sponsor a birthday party

Birthdays are a big deal around here, and with 150 kids, there are many reasons to celebrate. Our Birthday Program was created to provide you a way to bless our kids in a very special way on their special day. Give to our birthday fund to help us provide a cake, some gifts, and memories to share for years to come. For a donation of any amount to our birthday fund, you will receive an email with highlights from the birthdays of each month you sponsor.

Send a gift from one of SCH’s Amazon.in wishlists:

Ongole Homes (General Needs for Faith, Jubilee, Victory, and Truth homes); Hyderabad Homes (General Needs for Anchor, Courage, and Joy homes); Educational Supplies (for on-site schools); Vocational Supplies (for on-site vocation program for the older kids/young adults)

Purchasing items off our Amazon India wishlists is a simple way to give items, without the hassle of having to pay for international shipping. Amazon India operates in India, making it so that most items ship free. To purchase an item off one of our wishlists, first select which location you would like. Anchor, Courage, Joy, and Jubilee Homes are located in Hyderabad, while Faith [,Truth,] and Victory Homes are located in Ongole.

 When you have completed adding items to your shopping cart, check out and make sure you enter the correct [address information]. When you have successfully purchased your items, be sure to come [back] to fill out the Amazon Purchase Form, so we can know to expect your gift. If you encounter any issues or need assistance, email schusa@icmin.org.

Apply to volunteer directly in India (short- or long-term, or as a medical professional or house parent) – SCH is currently seeking volunteers for multiple short-term trips, as well as house parents who can commit to at least 1 year of service in-country.

Coming to serve at Sarah’s Covenant Homes is a life-changing experience. Whatever your background and experience, you can be a blessing to our work and to our children. We welcome both teams and individual volunteers for either short-term or long-term stays. Many of our volunteers serve either by helping out in one of our on-site schools, or by assisting our local staff in whatever tasks or projects are needed at the time. Some volunteers come with specialized expertise, allowing them to be able to help in other capacities, such as therapy, medical care, or administration.

Connect with SCH

Contact SCH directly via email by using the form at the bottom of any page on the official website. You can also find them on their social media sites:

Facebook | InstagramTwitter

My Intentions

If you want to find out more about why I advocate for SCH, you can read this post, written in 2014. For the broader strokes concerning why I think advocating for SCH is so, so worth it, you can read this post.

Learn More on This Blog

To read more of my blogs about SCH in general, you can read any of the posts in the category Sarah’s Covenant Homes or Anjali/April

To learn more about each of the children below who are listed with the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow, reference posts here and here.

To read about a specific Courage Home Purple child:

  • *Cedar
  • *Chloe (listed for international adoption)
  • *Dinah (listed for international adoption)
  • *Jasmine
  • *Lily (listed for international adoption)
  • *Mae
  • *Molly (listed for international adoption)
  • *Nolan (listed for international adoption)
  • *Selah
  • *Teagan

Former foster children:

To read about Nikki’s daughter, who lived at CHP pre-adoption:
Deepa
(post adoption) | Charlotte (pre-adoption)

To read about Merissa’s daughter, who lives at CHP pre-adoption:
Dhivya (post-adoption) | Addie (pre-adoption)

To read about other Anjali School for the Blind (ASB) students (run out of Courage Purple) who live at Joy Home:

To read about each SCH foster home in general:

  • Anchor Home (two homes with babies, toddlers, and some children with complex medical histories – Anchor Gold and Anchor Navy)
  • Courage Home (two homes – 1 with girls and boys of mixed ages, Courage Purple, which also hosts and runs Anjali School for the Blind (ASB); and 1 with all boys, Courage Teal)
  • Faith Home (two homes with younger girls, Faith Purple and Faith Green, and 2 homes with older girls/young women, Faith Yellow and Faith Orange)
  • Joy Home (2 homes with school-aged girls who mostly go to mainstream private schools, Joy Pink and Joy Yellow)
  • Jubilee Home (2 homes for young women who attend New Horizons School, Jubilee Blue and Jubilee Lavender)
  • Truth Home (the newest home for boys & young men with various needs)
  • Victory Home (home for young men who attend an on-site school)

To read about other children who were adopted internationally and previously written about on this blog (some of these posts may be out-of-date):

Muktha (post-adoption) | Phoebe (pre-adoption)

To read about other girls who live at Joy Home:

  • *Esther (listed for international adoption)
  • *Heidi
  • *Naomi (listed for international adoption)
  • *Rebekah (listed for international adoption)

To read about other girls who live at Jubilee Home:

Why Get Involved?

Please consider giving to SCH any way you can! They really are a fantastic organization that is focused on getting kids back together with biological families, getting kids adopted, ensuring kids and young adults have reliable homes if they cannot be reunited or adopted, and furthering the general welfare of children and young adults who have been abandoned due to their special needs or disabilities. The perception of people with disabilities in the developing world is not the same as it is in most ‘developed’ nations.

There are many reasons a child could be orphaned or abandoned. This is a reality. We should be working towards restoring as many children as possible to their families, and if not possible, then providing them with a safe, healthy, enriched environment in which they can thrive, grow, play, and learn. Where they can be educated, receive surgeries and therapies for any disabilities they may have, be loved by families, no matter how those families came to be united, and be valued for who they are as people. For others to look past their disabilities or special needs, and see that shining person inside. That fighting spirit. That pluck to keep going, even when it’s hard.

The road is long, but you can help. Get involved with the SCH community however you can. Whatever involvement looks like to you, pursue it.

 

PD: 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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2 comments

  1. This is not the right time for me to volunteer, but I want to see more houseparents/long-term volunteers for the homes without houseparents. As far as I know, no homes in Joy Homes have houseparents, Jubilee has only one, and I don’t know if there are any houseparents in Angole. If there are no houseparents, hopefully some of the Indian staff are taking on that role and doing the best they can with limited resources.

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