UPDATE 5/1/17: *Mol’s surgery is fully funded! She will now be able to receive the surgery she needs and deserves.
Who is *Molly?
*Molly is an amazing 11 year old girl who lives in India with her 2 co-foster mothers and 11 foster siblings. She has cerebral palsy and uses an eye-gaze computer to communicate, as her CP affects her speech (she is non-verbal). She is smart, funny, spunky, sensitive, and loving (and so much more!), and many of her siblings call her their best friend. She lives in a foster home called Courage Purple, where she is loved by her foster siblings, cat, ayahs (caregivers), nurses, 2 co-foster moms, and other support staff.
Why is this important?
*Molly uses a wheelchair to get around. Recently, one of her hips has been having issues related to her CP (prolapse issues), and it is affecting her ability to sit in her wheelchair for extended lengths of time. This requires surgery to correct, before the hip becomes dislocated and even more painful. Dislocation can be a common problem for kids with CP, due to low muscle tone and other factors. She will need a hip joint re-construction to address the break-down of the joint and allow her to sit in her chair pain-free. In India and other countries like it, children with disabilities sometimes aren’t seen as worthy of medical intervention. *Molly is worth it and deserves not to live in pain, for all the reasons listed in the previous sections, and many, many more.
The fundraising goal:
The total cost of *Molly’s surgery is estimated to be about $1,700 USD.
You can give toward the surgery here. NEED COVERED!
More about SCH:
Excerpt from SCH’s website about their mission statement:
In India, children with special needs are most likely to be abandoned and least likely to be adopted. We believe that every child has the right to a loving family where they can heal from the trauma of abandonment while having their dignity restored. Sarah’s Covenant Homes responds to and prevents the abandonment of children with special needs by providing holistic care in foster homes to enable children to remain with, return to, or join loving families.
You can learn more about SCH by following the link above, or visiting Facebook.
Want to give in another way?
Get involved! Volunteer, join the Advocate Program (more on that below), or subscribe to SCH’s newsletter to learn more about them. You can also donate directly to the general fund, which goes toward the basic needs of all children with no or partial sponsorship. Give by becoming a sponsor, donating toward a specific current need, or purchase needed items for a specific foster home using the links on this page.
A Little About SCH’s Advocate Program:
SCH has recently launched an Advocate Program, as a way to allow people to become more involved in caring for the kids. The program is a great way to help fundraise and spread awareness about the children of SCH if/when giving through provided means (sponsorship, monetary donations, volunteering, etc.) may not be an option available to you.
You can learn more about joining the advocate program here.
Excerpt about the Advocate Program, from SCH’s website:
The SCH Advocate Program exists to equip, mobilize, and launch individuals into their own personal advocacy journey. We believe that 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!
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 $400 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.
*Note: due to privacy restrictions set by the Indian government, SCH is not allowed to share legal names or photos of the childrens’ faces publicly online. Therefore, they use online names (like *Molly) and obscure the identity of the children in various ways. SCH understands that reduced visibility makes it harder to feel connected to a cause, but they must obey the country’s laws. That’s why they’ve worked hard to provide a beautiful website featuring photos of the children and their everyday lives, sans identifying photos of their faces. Regardless, SCH prides itself on being transparent and open.