Update 8/28/18: *Stephanie is fully sponsored! You can still support her sisters, as well as her home as a whole. Read on to learn more!
She currently needs more commitments to cover her remaining sponsorship need of $95/month. Sign up to sponsor her here!
Sponsors can give as little as $25/month, or less if needed, and working together as a village, we can help raise these future world-changers! Sponsors get quarterly photo updates on the children/young adults for whom they provide for the cost of nutritious food, a safe home, clothes that fit well and look nice to help fight the stigma of abandonment, mainstream private (or specialized, if needed) education, access to medical care (including various therapies, medications, interventions, and assistive aids, etc.), ayahs (caregivers) and support staff, and so much more.
*Steph loves to sing. She is rather shy, as you can read below, but simply lights up when singing! *Steph currently attends a School for the Blind, receives Braille training at an institute for the Blind in her community, and attends Anjali School for the Blind at Courage Purple for additional training. She is learning to read Braille and uses a guide cane to help her get around. She continues to blossom into an amazing young lady, each and every day!
The following was shared by Casey, a former foster mom who has worked at SCH. She had this to say:
The Joy Home nurse introduced me to *Stephanie by asking her to sing for me. I thought it was a little strange, until her face lit up as she sang the sweetest Telegu worship song. I sat next to her on the couch and she asked my name, I asked hers, and we had a little conversation about school. *Stephanie doesn’t speak much, but when she does, it’s always worth listening to. *Stephanie glows when she hears music or when she gets to sing, and I was sitting next to her in an auto once when she randomly spoke up and told me about her love for ice cream! *Stephanie holds a very special place in my heart! Join team *Stephanie today and help cover the remaining $250/month she needs!
I’ve written about *Stephanie previously. Read all my previous posts here.
I’ve also previously written about the need for sponsorship for many of the girls from Joy Home in this post.
In addition, Joy Home currently does not have any foster parents; however, they are accepting applications at this time (apply here).
*Steph, with her foster sisters at Joy! She is in the back row. The girls have names printed over their faces to protect identity. Text at top reads “Joy Home”, & at bottom reads, “Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India”
Back row, L to R: *Paxton, *Gemma, *Violet (adopted!), *Jeanette, *Stephanie, *Victoria; Front row, L to R: *Livy, *Rosie (adopted!), *Lucy, *Angel (adopted!), *Eloise (adopted!).
Not pictured: *Esther, *Alicia (adopted!), *Anna (adopted!), *Heidi, *Bethany (adopted!); *Honor, *Jackalynn, *Tricia.
The following girls still need sponsorship! Click a child’s name to be redirected to their homepage on SCH’s official website. There, you can learn a little more about each child and sign up to sponsor monthly, send a one-time monetary gift, and more!
*Gemma (needs $110/month)
*Heidi (needs $70/month)
*Jackalynn (needs $135/month)
*Livy (needs $180/month)
*Lucy (needs $150/month)
*Paxton** (needs $100/month) SIGNIFICANT RISK OF AGING OUT! *Paxton will turn 16 this coming year and no longer be available for international adoption. Please share, share, share her to find her family!
*Tricia** (needs $120/month)
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.
*A note about names:
SCH uses fake names to protect the privacy of the children and young adults they serve, due to restrictions set by the Indian government intended to protect them from exploitation.
What is SCH’s mission?
SCH aims to facilitate the move for all their children of adoptable age to families if at all possible, whether it be through re-unification with birth parents or domestic or international adoption. This is because the best place for a child is in a family!
For those young adults who have aged out of the adoption system (after age 16 in India), SCH aims to provide family-style homes where they can learn vocational skills and continue to receive the love, care, and therapy they need. No one will ever have to leave SCH because they are ‘too old’. Orphan care extends beyond childhood, especially for children with disabilities who may not otherwise be able to live independently. However, if a young adult is able to live on their own, they may very well be able to live independent lives with the support of SCH!
SCH also aims to help the community around them by providing services like therapy and education, to help keep biological families together.
How else can I help?
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 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.
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!