Adapted from a short post on my Tumblr advocacy page, All Kinds of Advocacy:
What is the campaign?
SCH (Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India) ran a donation campaign in April of 2017 to get their school-aged children who attend mainstream and special schools in their community fully-funded for their educational needs for the following June school year. I’m leaving this post up because though this campaign has ended, quality education access is an ongoing battle! Read on to learn more.
“Education opens doors. For our kids, the classroom is a place where their dreams become illuminated and they are given the skills and inspiration for endless possibilities. Help open the door for a child’s future today!”
In addition, you can donate to the general education fund at any time by signing up or giving a one time donation here (link under construction – left active here for the following). On the page, you will also find links to sponsor one of SCH’s 3 on-site schools.
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, Truth, and Faith Homes 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.
Why is this important?
Because education is so important! Not just for some kids, but for ALL kids. In India, as well as many other places around the world, education is seen as a privilege, not a right. Schooling can also be expensive, creating an additional roadblock to participating in a classroom setting and learning, so many poor families cannot afford it.
Furthermore, there are stigmas at play in some societies that often prevent children with disabilities from receiving adequate, if any, education. They are seen as lacking in value, or unable to contribute to the world around them. We know this to be untrue; therefore, SCH must fight to get children in their care included in mainstream schools, and advocate for them to be accepted to special schools such as Schools for the Blind, especially when there are additional disabilities involved.
Read an excerpt from *Violet’s story:
“When she isn’t enjoying herself on her free time, *Violet goes to a mainstream private school paid for by [SCH]. The high quality education she’s able to receive there makes every penny worth it. If you ask *Violet what she wants to be when she grows up, she’ll tell you – a doctor. She positively beams with pride when she talks about her dreams and the fact that she is the only kid in her class who wants go into the medical field. We can’t help beaming ourselves. This little lady is truly going places.”
(*Violet has been adopted!)
And *Brent’s story (Victory Home):
“[SCH] was birthed out a desire to help children, such as *Brent, by giving them a voice and a chance to succeed. At SCH, we believe that every child has the right to a quality education, even if others disagree. We face opposition on a regular basis while advocating for our children’s basic rights. Time and time again we have been told that our children are not welcomed in a school because their needs are too great, their education is a [waste], or they are too big of a distraction to the other children.”
These are testimonies from the educational progress of just two children in SCH’s care.
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.