The Girls of Joy Home & *Stephanie

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.

The Girls of Joy Home by Casey Greer

Follow the above link to be re-directed to Casey’s blog post.

What & Who

It’s a post all about the 16 girls who live at Joy Home, a foster home at Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India, in Hyderabad. Each of the girls are uniquely made and absolutely beautiful, not to mention smart, adaptive, funny, helpful, and loving. From there, you can join a girl’s sponsorship team, donating monthly toward the fees required for their care. Since Casey’s post was written, 5 additional girls have joined the Joy Home family.

*Angel, *Anna, *Bethany, *Eloise, *Jeanette, *Livy, and *Violet have been adopted!

Many of the girls who live at Joy Home still need sponsorship! To sponsor a girl, click a name below to be redirected to their sponsorship page, where you can learn more about them, make a one-time donation, or become a recurring sponsor!

  • *Gemma (needs $85/month)
  • *Heidi (needs $110/month)
  • *Honor (needs $265/month – *Honor has a family coming!)
  • *Jackalynn (needs $100/month)
  • *Lucy (needs $125/month)
  • *Muffy (needs $300/month – currently unsponsored!)
  • *Paxton (needs $100/month)
  • *Tricia** (needs $160/month)

*Esther** and *Victoria** are fully sponsored!

Note: if you see ** next to a girl’s name, that means she’s listed for adoption with the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow! To learn more, visit my blog menu and choose the ‘Adoption Advocacy‘ drop-down menu – from there, click ‘Waiting Children‘ or ‘Find Me Friday‘ to learn more about each girl! Girls over the age of 11 are eligible for an Older Child Grant through RR. Learn more at their website.

These girls are 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

Some of the girls are not pictured in the photo below, because they didn’t live in the home at the time the photo was taken.

PD: 12 girls stand on a balcony in front of a white wall. Their blog names are written over their faces.
Photo credit: SCH, India

PD: 12 girls stand on a balcony in front of a white wall. Their blog names are written over their faces.

L to R, back row: *Paxton, *Gemma, *Violet (adopted!), *Jeanette (adopted!), *Stephanie, *Victoria.

L to R, front row: *Livy (adopted!), *Rosie (adopted!), *Lucy, *Angel (adopted!), *Eloise (adopted!). All have stickers over their faces to protect their identity, along with their blog name.

Not-pictured girls in the photo above who also live at Joy: *Jackalynn, *Heidi, *Honor, *Tricia


Since SCH doesn’t turn away children after they’ve ‘aged out’ of international adoption at 16, they will never be made to leave. However, this incurs a cost, as some children may never be able to live on their own.

By joining a sponsorship team, you tell a girl that she matters. That her life matters. That she deserves more than the basic necessities required for life. That she will always have clean water, healthy food, an education at her personal level, loving caregivers, access to medical care and therapies if/when needed, and so much more.

How to Support a Girl at Joy Home

You can join a girl’s sponsorship ‘team’ for as little as $25 per month.

Read the entire post (linked above) for more details about the girls and their home, and to meet each girl who still needs sponsors on her ‘team’.

Excerpt from Casey’s post:

Sarah’s Covenant Homes cares for over 150 children in Hyderabad and Ongole. Joy Home is just one of 6 homes at SCH, and each child in each home needs a team of people to love, fight for, pray for, and support them. Each of the Joy girls needs a team of people in their corner! When you join a support team for one, or more, of these girls you will get quarterly updates (and photos!) as well as the privilege of praying for these sweet girls.  Could you join a support team today?”


PD: *Stephanie wears a blue top w/ white embroidery & pink headband over double braids, smiling widely. Her name is written over her face to protect her identity.

PD: *Stephanie wears a blue top w/ white embroidery & pink headband over double braids, smiling widely. Her name is written over her face to protect her identity.

One of the girls who lives at Joy Home has been given the blog name *Stephanie, and I have been following her story since I started following SCH. I’ve never met her, but still, she is often on my mind. This girl is so heavy on my heart, and I just don’t know why. Maybe her story and personality resonate with me. There’s just something so special about her. She is shy, but loves to sing. She is usually very quiet, but loves being around people.

You see, *Stephanie was abandoned as a child, and remembers the details of her abandonment. Being abandoned at any age is difficult, but being old enough to remember the original heartbreak has to weigh more than if you were too young to remember. Recently, though, she has started changing, little by little. She is, of course, growing into a beautiful teen, but there are other changes that have happened over the past couple years, especially.

She’s started attending a school for the blind – learning to read Braille and use a guide cane to help her navigate her world. She’s started receiving tutoring on-site at SCH as well as attending some Anjali School for the Blind classes with Nikki and Merissa, co-foster moms of another home at SCH. But there are also other ways in which she has changed.

In the past, *Stephanie was afraid to do things for herself or ask for help if she needed it. You see, this is called learned helplessness, and it is something many kids who have been previously abandoned experience. They learn that someone else has to do things for them, or they risk getting in trouble or being punished.

At SCH, that’s just not how things work, and through constant help from former foster parents, Stephanie has started to become more outspoken about her needs and is also becoming more independent in moving around her environment to get to the things she wants and needs. She mostly does this by using her guide cane – another factor to *Steph’s learned helplessness is the fact she is blind, and has been since birth, due to being born without one eye (a condition called congenital anophthalmia), and having the other underdeveloped (a similar condition called micropthalmia). It can be hard to navigate an unfamiliar world if you don’t know what’s in it.

Independence is important for kids like *Stephanie. It helps improve her confidence to be able to complete tasks herself. It helps her be happier, since her needs are now met and she doesn’t have to fear asking questions or needing help any longer. Previous foster moms have watched her blossom, and I am lucky enough to have been allowed to read some of their experiences watching her bloom and grow.

These changes in *Stephanie may not have been possible in her former life. SCH has given and continues to give her important tools and life skills she will use forever.

Increased independence may allow *Stephanie to one day live on her own, attend higher education if she wants, and one day get married and have a family, if that is something that is on her heart. But even if she stays at SCH, that’s okay. There will always be a place for her there. That is one of the many reasons why she needs sponsorship, as well as the other girls and all of the kids and young adults at SCH.

If you can’t make a monthly commitment, I ask that you check out these other opportunities (below) to give or support the SCH community.

Additional Ways to Give or Help the Cause

Join the advocate program
Start or join a cause team
Volunteer in India or Stateside
Sponsor another child
Pray for or keep the children & young adults in your thoughts
Adopt a child

Give a one-time donation to the General Fund
Donate toward a current need
Purchase items/supplies from SCH’s Amazon wishlists
Sponsor a birthday!

Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter here! The newsletter keeps you up-to-date on what’s going on at SCH monthly.

*A note about names: SCH protects the childrens’ privacy by not sharing their real names (or identifying photographs), due to the laws of India that are meant to help prevent child trafficking and other abuses. Wherever you see a *, the name is a blog name assigned by SCH.

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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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