Update August: Here is a photo of *Mae getting ready for the first day of school!
Photo Description: *Mae is wearing her black school uniform dress w/ yellow sailor collar & a matching bow in her hair. She is smiling & tossing her arms up. A sticker covers her face, & lines drawn over her head look like a shining sun.
*Mae is a very bright girl who lives at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (in Courage Purple) with her co-foster moms, Nikki and Merissa, and 12 foster siblings. *Mae was born blind; she has a condition called anopthalmia, meaning her eye balls did not form in utero. She is also spunky, smart, funny, and has so many amazing qualities, including lighting up her foster home and the world!
*Mae’s situation is special, because she also routinely visits her biological father and siblings in the community on weekends! She has really taken off in the areas of language and learning over the past few months since she has come to live at SCH. She has gained weight, learned to speak English (but also speaks Telugu), learned to walk and use a guide cane, is learning to read Braille, and so much more.
Nikki and Merissa have found an amazing school which will accept *Mae, even though she is blind. This is big in India, as people with disabilities are often not educated unless they live with their parents and the family has a good income. Inclusion in mainstream schools is something which SCH is really trying to encourage right now, especially because of how enriching it is for ALL children to receive an education, as well as see diversity in their world.
This school currently has a handful of blind students, and is proud to have a blind alumnus who now works for Microsoft! They are even having *Mae attend without SCH needing to send a personal school aide, as they are equipped to teach blind kiddos. This is also pretty rare in a lot of India. SCH must provide school aides to other children with disabilities who attend different schools in the community.
*Mae’s foster moms need to fundraise to get her to school each and every day!
From foster mom Nikki’s Facebook post:
*Mae is really thriving. Her language is taking off, she’s becoming more independent. We are excited that many visits have been arranged with her father and sister, and most importantly, she is happy and becoming a confident little girl.
We are very excited that a school has accepted *Mae for next year (starting in 6 weeks). She will do 5 days a week for full days, which is going to be so wonderful and challenging for her. The best thing about this school is that they have an awesome inclusion policy and prefer us not to send an aide with her as their staff are equipped. So she will get on the bus at 7:30 in the morning with all the other 5 and 6 year olds and will come home at 3:30 just like the other kids. We love this!! And of all our kids, *Mae is ready. There are a handful of other blind children currently at the school, and another blind student who graduated and now works at Microsoft. We are so excited!!
We need to pay her first term fees. This school is expensive, but it balances out with our other kids’ schools as we won’t need to pay the salary of an aide. We are looking to raise $1100 USD to cover term 1 fees and transportation for the first half of the year. If you are able to give, we would appreciate that so much!!!”
We [were] looking to raise $1,100 USD to cover term 1 fees and transportation for the first half of the year. $630 is left to raise!
Make note that the funds should go to *Mae’s schooling in the notes!
If you are interested in learning more about how to adopt from India, start by visiting these resources:
National Council for Adoption
And don’t forget to conduct your own research!
Educate a girl, change the world.
Here is a photo of *Mae recently!
Photo Description: *Mae stands on a balcony, holding the rail with her L hand, R hand on her hip. Her top is purple w/ gold trim & orange gauze puffed sleeves. Her gauzy skirt is neon orange w/ gold trim. She has 2 tiny pigtails w/ purple flowers. Her face is covered w/ a sticker to protect her identity, but you can see her smile!
*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian governmental guidelines which state that children in care may not have identifying photos of them on the internet, as well as no identifying information such as birth name, place of origin, etc.