*Molly’s Hip Surgery!

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.

Updated August 2018

Update 3/20/18: *Molly’s hip surgery is completed and she is resting at home, wearing a lower-body cast to help keep her legs positioned correctly as she heals. She also recently received a g-tube, so she can continue to gain the healthy weight she needs. She still continues eating by mouth, and especially enjoys feeding herself.

  • *Molly is available for international adoption!
    • I have shared about her in my ‘Find Me Friday’ series, a new series where I post a different child in need of a family each Friday.
      • Read her post here
  • Here is *Molly’s advocacy and grant page, from adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow.
  • I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant

She’s fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Molly here.

Updated May 2017:

*Mol’s surgery is fully-funded! She will now be able to receive the surgery she needs and deserves.

Original post:

PD: A cropped image of *Molly laying on the trampoline, wearing a crochet dress. You can see her cute little ears, shoulder-length, wavy brown hair, & huge smile! She has a friend lying next to her, & you can slightly see the side of their face.
Banner for *Mol’s surgery! Photo credit: Nikki C/Merissa H

PD: A cropped image of *Molly laying on the trampoline, wearing a crochet dress. You can see her cute little ears, shoulder-length, wavy brown hair, & huge smile! She has a friend lying next to her, & you can slightly see the side of their face.

Who is *Molly?

*Molly is an amazing 11-year-old girl who lives in India. She has cerebral palsy for which she uses a wheelchair, and is the first and only child to use an eye-gaze computer to communicate, as her CP affects her speech (she is non-verbal). This technology was completely interdependently funded, purchased, and set up by a former volunteer who has worked with *Molly in the past. She is a very bright child with so much potential!

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. She enjoys brushing her own teeth and feeding herself independently. Don’t leave this girl out! *Molly wants to be right in the center of the action and will become sad if she isn’t included in exactly what the other  children are doing! She is vocal about her wants and needs. *Molly attends to her bathroom needs with support and using specialized equipment.

Why is this important?

As stated, *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.  NEED COVERED!

PD: A photo taken from above of *Molly as she uses her eye gaze computer to play a game, seated in her wheelchair, wearing a floral dress & large, pink bow in her hair.
*Molly loves playing games! Credit: Nikki C/Merissa H

PD: A photo taken from above of *Molly as she uses her eye gaze computer to play a game, seated in her wheelchair, wearing a floral dress & large, pink bow in her hair.

More about SCH:

SCH is short for Sarah’s Covenant Homes (India). You can meet the kids in each of the foster homes here.

Excerpt from SCH’s website about their mission statement:

“In India, children with [disabilities] 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.

About SCH’s Advocate Program

SCH has 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!”

Join the advocate team, register an event you’re organizing, or start/join a cause team on the SCH Advocate Resource page.

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 $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.

*A note about names: due to privacy restrictions set by the government, SCH is not allowed to share legal names or full photos of the childrens’ faces publicly online. Therefore, they use online names and obscure identities. SCH understands 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. Regardless, SCH prides itself on being transparent and open.

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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PD: the 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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