Advocating for Kids at SCH, Part II: Anchor Home!


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Update 6/18/18: Friends, this news is never comfortable to share. In memoriam: Sweet little one *Margaret has unfortunately passed away. May she rest in peace and be wholy healed forever. Please keep those who loved her here on earth in your thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.

Update 3/12: *Mia, *Emi*Clay, *Eli, *Caden, and *Nevaeh have all been adopted!

Thank you to those who graciously supported them during their time at SCH.

This post will consist of all the children who live in one of the two apartments at Anchor Home in Hyderabad: Anchor Gold and Anchor Navy. The kids at Anchor Home mostly attend Little Lights Special School! Learn more about the school, as well as donate toward operational costs, here.

Sponsorship helps SCH to be able to secure the proper medical care, as well as all the other essentials for living the happiest, healthiest life possible.

From Anchor Gold’s sponsorship page:

Anchor Home opened it’s doors in 2016 and is home to our most medically fragile children. Consisting of mostly infants and toddlers, Anchor Home acts as a critical care facility for those children who have the most pressing medical needs. This home is equipped with live-in, around the clock nursing staff who are able to treat the ongoing needs of our little ones, as well as an elevator to help meet the transportation needs of our less mobile children. Anchor Home is made up of two individual foster families living in apartment style flats: Anchor Gold and Anchor Navy.

Anchor Home Gold

*Abraham (‘Abe’) was said to be in need of heart surgery, but after meeting with surgeons, it was determined the hole in his heart is closing on its own! He probably won’t need surgery. He also has some minor strabismus and the sweetest face! *Abe came from Delhi, where he was living in a baby home that could not meet his health needs. *Abraham is thriving and starting to sit up unassisted, babble, and roll around. He is a happy baby who loves to be held and sung to. Everyone who meets him falls in love with his goofy smile and happy demeanor. Needs just $15/month more! Sponsor here.

*Cara is a miracle child! She went through a lot in her first ten days of life – she was born with a condition requiring an emergency colostomy surgery and resulting in her birth family abandoning her. *Cara has come such a long way since her arrival at SCH. Numerous doctors advised us to stop treatment as they predicted there was no hope of survival, but through the dedicated care of our staff who refused to give up on our precious girl – today she thrives. *Cara still has a long road ahead of her, with some necessary surgeries as she gets older. Needs just $40/month more! Sponsor here.

*Cassia has CP for which she uses a wheelchair, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability. She receives physical therapy at home. SCH is also gearing up to fit *Cassia with a g-tube, so that she may receive the proper nutrition. *Cassia loves to cuddle and make music! Needs $195/month. Sponsor here.

*Emerald is a sweet little nugget who was born with a cleft palate, which has been repaired with surgery and is starting to eat solid foods! It is possible that *Emerald has Pierre-Robin sequence, but this is unconfirmed. Today, *Emerald is doing so well in her home. She has crazy hair that likes to stick up in all directions. Needs $115/month more. Sponsor here.

*Josie is a beautiful baby girl. She is healthy and thriving since coming to SCH, but when she arrived, she was severely malnourished, suffering from spina bifida, and had complications from a recent VP shunt surgery for hydrocephalus. After getting a new VP shunt placed, she is a bright, joyful baby who loves attention!  Needs just $65/month more! Sponsor here.

*Julie is described as a sassy, outgoing little girl with a sweet smile and a carefree spirit. *Julie has treated hydrocephalus. She has a deep love and appreciation for food, and feels happiest when she is in someone’s arms, able to participate in all the fun. *Julie is quite the social butterfly and gets along easily. *Julie went a very long time thinking her name was actually ‘Baby’, because that’s what her recent foster mom called her! She has recently learned her real name and now claims it as her own. Needs just $70/month more! Sponsor here.

Note: *Julie is available for international adoption! Find her profile by browsing through the ‘Waiting Kids‘ section of my blog, found in the top bar under the banner!

*Katherine was born deaf-blind. She also has cerebral palsy. Since coming to SCH, she was able to receive a cochlear implant to help her begin to hear for the first time. This will provide her so much sensory input. *Katherine has been undergoing vision therapy, as she is still able to perceive light. She loves to eat, and will rarely turn any food down! Needs just $50/month more! Sponsor here.

*Penny has cerebral palsy, some orthopedic issues, and a developmental delay. She wears glasses to help with her vision! She is such a happy child. It doesn’t take much to make this sweet girl smile from ear to ear. She loves being held and feeling anything with an interesting texture. Her sweet personality has caused everyone in her foster home to be completely smitten with her. *Penny needs just $45/month more! Sponsor here.

Note: *Penny is available for international adoption! Find her profile by browsing through the ‘Waiting Kids‘ section of my blog, found in the top bar under the banner!

*Sarita has a repaired cleft lip and had an unrepaired cleft palate when she first arrived, which was repaired. She is gaining weight, loves to eat, and her foster family is just getting to know her unique personality! *Sarita has been trying to get her foster moms’ attention recently by snorting! She does it at quiet times, like bed time, when she’s seeking some extra love. All I can say is, she certainly loves to laugh! *Sarita is learning to communicate using a 2-sided switch to say ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘stop’, and ‘more’! Read a welcome blog by one of her foster moms here! Needs just $75/month more! Sponsor here.

*Shiloh has CP. When she came to SCH, she was dehydrated and had bed sores. *Shiloh has come such a long way since the day she arrived; she has made it through that harrowing time and is thriving in her home today, growing chubbier every day! She just celebrated her 2nd birthday with a trip to the zoo! Needs $200/month. Sponsor here.

 

*Thomas is a quiet boy who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, an intellectual disability, and is blind. He did not smile for a while when he first arrived at SCH, but gave his first beautiful smile after someone prayed for him. *Thomas loves to be held and sung to, and is best buds with his foster brother *Valor. *Thomas needs $250/month. Sponsor here.

*Valor is a sweet, reserved boy with cerebral palsy. He is fed through a g-tube and has a team of physical therapists who help him exercise and stretch his tense muscles. *Valor is much more smiley since arriving at SCH, and likes to hang out with his buddy *Thomas. *Valor’s favorite thing to do is bounce on the trampoline. He giggles and laughs the whole time! Needs just $25/month more! Sponsor here.

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Anchor Home Navy

*Abigail has spastic quadriplegic CP and loves to be kissed on the cheeks. *Abigail was luckily brought to SCH the same day she was brought to a government orphanage. She uses a special positioning chair to sit, and is working on learning to sit independently in physical therapy. *Abigail is currently using a wheelchair to get around, and her foster family is trying to purchase her a communication system, since she is very smart and clearly would benefit from programmable talk buttons! Needs $295/month. Sponsor here.

Alina has CP, for which she uses a wheelchair, and a seizure disorder. *Alina recently moved here from Faith Home! She has the biggest brown eyes and a cute button nose. She is currently building her trunk strength by doing crunches, as well as learning to sit, stand, and control her body in physical therapy! You can always tell when Alina is around because she makes the silliest sounds. *Alina loves hugs and being tossed in the air. Needs $250/month. Sponsor here.

*Blaire has CP and has overcome arriving at SCH with a high fever and lung infection. She attends Little Lights Special School on-site in her home. She receives physiotherapy to help with her motor skills! She is now smiling much more often than when she arrived. Needs just $45/month more! Sponsor here.

*Connor is a little charmer who came to SCH in 2014 with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and a developmental delay. He loves to be held and carried, and has a special bond with his caregiver. *Connor attends a Little Lights Special School five days a week and enjoys music and colorful toys. Needs just $50/month more! Sponsor here.

Note: *Connor is available for international adoption! Find his profile by browsing through the ‘Waiting Kids‘ section of my blog, found in the top bar under the banner!

*Jamila is cute and chunky, and charms everyone with her little dimples. She has come a very long way since arriving at SCH in a severely malnourished condition. She has hemiplegia, and has been working with a physical therapist toward strengthening her legs to be able to walk. Needs just $35/month more! Sponsor here.

*Kristy is a cuddly, smiley and giggly little girl with cerebral palsy, moderate hearing loss, and anemia. She came to us severely malnourished from a government orphanage. Since being at SCH, *Kristy has made leaps and bounds of progress – she is now able to sit independently and scoot with her feet wherever she wants to go. She loves to laugh and smile at her caregivers! Needs just $65/month more! Sponsor here.

*Keren has cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability, and is blind. She is a wheelchair user. *Keren recently moved here from Faith Home! She is described as a gentle, happy,  quiet little angel who has gone through a lot since birth, surviving an attack of meningitis when she nine months old that caused her blindness, as well as hydrocephalus and some brain damage. Today, *Keren is making strides and growing stronger every day. She loves music, to be held, and interacting with caregivers. Needs $250/month. Sponsor here.

*Tessa has CP, for which she uses a wheelchair, in addition to  a seizure disorder and an intellectual disability. *Tessa recently moved here from Faith Home! She is sweet and expressive! She’s been working to gain weight, adjusting to a new home, and learning to sit unassisted. Needs $240/month. Sponsor here.

*Winnie has CP, a seizure disorder, and an intellectual disability and is generally quiet and reserved, but has the most adorable laugh when tickled. She is described as a little sweetie with a charming smile. *Winnie is a wheelchair user. She’s the most recent addition to Anchor Navy, moving in from Faith Home! Needs $130/month more. Sponsor here.

Fully Sponsored Children

 

*Eden was born blind due to anophthalmia (absence of eyeballs). *Eden was also discovered to be deaf in both ears upon arrival; since then, she has undergone one cochlear implant surgery to allow her to begin hearing for the first time. She gave us her first smile on the first day she arrived at SCH. Eden loves to be held, carried around, and sung to.  She is such as sweet-natured, adorable little girl! Read more about *Eden, as described by her foster mother, here!

Note: *Eden is available for international adoption! Find her profile by browsing through the ‘Waiting Kids‘ section of my blog, found in the top bar under the banner!

*Elodie has CP for which she uses a wheelchair, microcephaly, dysphagia, and a seizure disorder. *Elodie recently moved here from Faith Home! She loves when you make loud, kissy noises at her, and will reward you with a big, toothy grin. She is beginning to become more active with the help of staff.

*Zack has the cutest smile you will ever see. He has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He loves to be held and kissed on his cheeks; if he is crying, all you have to do is pick him up and kiss him, and he is perfectly content. He is your typical boy and doesn’t cry much unless he is hungry. He is extremely well-behaved and is quick to steal the hearts of those he meets. *Zack uses a wheelchair to get around, due to paralysis caused by his spina bifida.

Note: *Zack is available for international adoption! Find his profile by browsing through the ‘Waiting Kids‘ section of my blog, found in the top bar under the banner!

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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 $350 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!

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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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