This post will include links to two adoption stories; both feature a child who once lived at SCH. It is a post about miracles, and love, and happiness, and hope. Please read on and follow the links if you’d like to read the stories, or learn more about adoption. The source of both these blog posts are One Tiny Starfish, a blog by Nikki Cochrane, long-time volunteer and former co-foster mom at what is now called Courage Home Purple (scroll to the bottom of the linked page to meet the kids of Courage Purple – while you’re there, consider giving a donation toward the school at the home which the co-fosters and teachers run, Anjali School for the Blind – because education is so important). You can also follow Nikki’s journey here as she and Deepa move back to Nikki’s country of origin, Canada, on her One Tiny Starfish Facebook page.
The first adoption story I’ll share belongs to Muktha, who, when she lived at SCH, went by *Phoebe as her blog privacy name. Muktha is an incredible girl who began learning Braille and piano/keyboarding during her time living at SCH. She is very smart, caring, loving, and not to mention beautiful! As you may have guessed, Muktha is blind. You can read her full adoption story here (note: this is a guest blog on One Tiny Starfish, written by Muktha’s mom)!
The second adoption story is Nikki’s own! Nikki has just passed court a few days ago and is now Deepa’s (blog name *Charlotte, here on my blog and also for archival purposes at SCH) legal mummy! Nikki (originally from Canada) has been one of Deepa’s co-foster moms since she came to SCH from a government orphanage 2 years ago. When Nikki started the process of adopting Deepa, she was told it would be impossible for her to complete as a single woman living internationally. Well, Deepa’s forever gotcha day has come and gone, and will coincidentally be within the same month as her birthday! Deepa is now 4 years old and is thriving. She attends a mainstream international school, uses a guide cane to walk and be safe in her surroundings, and is learning pre-Braille (like pre-writing, but for blind children) and skills she will use eventually for Braille, including tracking, which is how one reads Braille. Deepa just recently got the cutest short haircut for the summer! Read about Nikki and Deepa’s adoption journey here, and while you’re there, be sure to watch Deepa’s adoption video!
PD: Nikki sits on the ground facing Deepa & smiling, holding her hand as Deepa stands in a traditional Indian outfit – sparkly cream top & long, pink gauze skirt w/ gold accents! Deepa faces the camera w/ a big, cheesy smile.
To support Courage Home, donate here. To meet other kids at SCH’s multiple foster homes, click here, and click through the site to learn more about each specific home; you can also find a child to sponsor at the link, if you feel led. To learn more about and also support Courage Purple’s school for the blind, ASB, as mentioned above, read and watch here, donate here, or purchase needed items here. You can also purchase items for the educational needs of other SCH homes at the link. The destination for each item is mentioned in the notes on the wish list.
Other immediate needs at Courage Purple:
Help send *Mae to school!
PD: *Mae stands on a balcony w/ L hand on railing & R hand on her hip, wearing a purple traditional top & gauzy orange skirt w/ gold accents. She’s smiling w/ her hair in 2 tiny pigtails w/ purple flowers; a sticker covers her face to protect her identity. You can see her smile peeking out!
Find other ways to get involved with SCH here. You can submit an application to volunteer or foster, donate to the general fund, donate to a specific need, or become an advocate, and much more by clicking around the site.
And while you’re visiting, consider donating to SCH’s current education campaign, running through May 30th! Or, directly, more information can be found here (note: as of 7/24, even though the campaign has ended, this need still requires additional funds to complete, and the link is active).
I’ve written about the importance of education, especially in India and other developing countries, multiple times on this blog. The most recent post can be found here.
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 become 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: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian government 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.
You can also send gifts via Amazon India, make a one-time, general donation, pray if that is your calling, or volunteer at home or in India yourself by using these resources!