The Girls of Joy Home by Casey Greer
Follow the above link to be re-directed to Casey’s most-recent blog post.
What & Who
It’s a post all about the 12 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.
The girls’ blog names are: *Stephanie; *Jeanette; *Victoria; *Gemma; *Eloise; *Rosie; *Lucy; *Angel; *Esther; *Violet; *Livy; and *Paxton.
Since SCH doesn’t turn away children after they’ve ‘aged out’ of the adoption system 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 $10 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?
One of the girls who lives at Joy Home Pink 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.
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*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.