Updated August 2018
SCH (Sarah’s Covenant Homes), India now has a school for the Blind! It’s called ASB (Anjali School for the Blind), and they now have their own web page!
Photo description: ‘Anjali’ is written in the middle, in red. ‘School for the Blind’ is underneath. Braille letters for ASB are above ‘Anjali’. This photo is a link! Click to be re-directed.
The school is small, which is why they need help raising funds to pay teachers as well as hire more teachers to increase the child-to-teacher ratio.
ASB serves children who live at SCH, as well as children from the community. They live in both Courage Purple, where Lydia and Merissa live (*Cedar, *Jasmine, *Georgie**, and *Dinah** all attend classes at ASB), as well as children from other SCH homes and children from the community. Some older girls from Joy home (*Stephanie and *Victoria**) attend ASB part-time as well, along with receiving Braille training at a local institute for the blind, and attending a school for the blind in the community part-time. You can read about ASB at this link.
(if you see ** next to a child’s name, they’re available for international adoption! Visit the top bar of my blog, choose ‘Adoption Advocacy‘, then choose ‘Waiting Children‘ or ‘Find Me Friday‘ to learn more!)
ASB is trying to grow their community outreach to help more children, but they need help getting their feet off the ground, as SCH is a non-profit. All funds donated go directly to the childrens’ school costs – teachers and their training, specialized Braille materials, general school materials, snacks, etc.
Read about ASB on former foster mom Nikki’s blog here. To read blogs about ASB, sign up to follow Nikki’s blog by contacting her (contact information can be found on the main page of her blog). Her blogs are password-protected due to featuring photos of children at SCH, which is prohibited from publicly sharing photos of the children’s faces since they are technically wards of the state – this is to help prevent human trafficking.
Below is a breakdown of ways in which you can support SCH education!
- You can donate monthly or one-time to Anjali School for the Blind, an on-site school at Courage Home primarily for children with vision impairments or who are blind, here. Meet a current teacher and student, while you’re visiting!
- You can donate monthly or one-time to Little Lights Special School, an on-site school at Anchor Home, here.
- Help kids in the home reach their educational goals by purchasing needed items from this Amazon.in list.***
- You can donate monthly or one-time to New Horizons Vocational School, an on-site school at Jubilee, Faith, and Victory Homes, here.
- Find an Amazon.in supplies list to send gifts for the on-site vocational program(s) here.***
- Find an Amazon.in supplies list to send gifts for all the on-site educational school programs here.***
- Some of the girls at Joy, boys at Truth, and both boys and girls at Faith Home attend mainstream private schools. Other children at SCH learn through on-site tutors who work one-on-one or in small groups.
- If you are interested in supporting a child’s education who attends one of these schools or uses these resources, please visit the resources at the bottom of this page to learn how to sponsor a child monthly. Sponsorship in this fashion contributes to each child’s education individually!
***A note about ordering via Amazon.in wishlists: you must have a separate account to purchase items on the website; however, sign-up is quick and identical to other Amazon satellite websites.
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 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.