Advocating for Kids at SCH, Part III: The Schoolgirls of Joy Home!


This post will consist of all the girls who attend local mainstream schools in the community where Joy Home Pink and Yellow are located, in Hyderabad.

These girls may or may not need higher amounts of sponsorship, because in India, schools are not free – they all require tuition and are mainly private. SCH enrolls as many children as possible into local mainstream or special private schools, because they believe children with disabilities deserve visibility and equal access to a quality education.

From the Joy Home sponsorship page:

Joy is our home for younger girls with autoimmune diseases, learning disabilities, and physical [disabilities]. Most of our girls are between the ages of two and fifteen. The majority of our Joy Home girls attend local schools where they learn English, math, and science. They also have on-site tutors that help them with their school work. Joy is currently in need of long-term foster parents.

Joy Home Yellow

*Gemma is described as a silly, curious, and sweet girl who loves drawing, coloring, and doing crafts. She is smart and loves to practice what she’s learned in her mainstream private school while she’s at home. She is generally shy when meeting new people, but doesn’t take long to warm up. She has an energetic spirit to light up a room! Needs $350/month (completely unsponsored). Sponsor here.

*Honor has a craniofacial disorder that she used to hide until coming to SCH, where she feels loved and accepted just as she is. She no longer shies away from cameras or people and is confident. She is described as a loving young lady who enjoys giving affection as much as receiving it. She loves to spend one-on-one time with others. *Honor is spunky and silly, and likes to dance and play games. Needs $100/month. Sponsor here.

*Paxton is described as a sweet, observant girl. She has a heart condition and some hand and foot differences. She has a nurturing spirit, loving to spend time with the babies. Paxton loves all things girly and pink. Needs $185/month. Sponsor here.

*Stephanie is blind, and attends a school for the blind, has Braille training at a local institute, and works with Anjali School for the Blind at Courage Home Purple to practice and learn other skills and academics. She can easily use a guide cane to help her get around her environment. She is described as a shy teenage girl who loves to sing (a lot!). She often performs as SCH events! She Once you get to know her, Stephanie opens up and has a loving, sweet personality. Needs $250/month. Sponsor here.

*Tricia is a beautiful, smart, adaptable young girl who has some cognitive delay and frequent seizures. She loves snuggles and taking pictures and videos of herself doing silly things. *Tricia is full of personality, and has been thriving in her foster home and loves to receive attention from the caregivers. Needs $275/month. Sponsor here.

*Jeanette is totally blind, has a prosthetic left eye, and has institutional autism. *Jeanette attends a mainstream private English language school, has Braille training at a local institute, and works with Anjali School for the Blind at Courage Home Purple to practice and learn other skills and academics. She is a bright, inquisitive, and fun-loving girl. Due to her compassionate nature, she easily engages with her foster siblings. She is fully sponsored!

*Victoria is blind and attends a school for the blind, has Braille training at a local institute, and works with Anjali School for the Blind at Courage Home Purple to practice and learn other skills and academics. *Victoria has about 10% vision in 1 eye, and she is usually found leading the other blind girls around and being the center of attention! She is described as a bright, giggly, and vibrant young lady. She loves interacting with staff and visitors, and can often be found chatting up a storm. She is fully sponsored!

*Violet is described as a bright, mature, creative young girl who enjoys sketching and doing anything artistic. She is a fantastic older sister to her younger siblings. She loves to learn and looks for opportunities to discover something new. Read what a volunteer had to say about her here! She’s fully sponsored!

Joy Home Pink

*Bethany has hand and foot differences. She is spunky, determined, and independent, and has developed many amazing adaptations to get around her limb differences! She will always try to do something herself many times before asking for help…. she is determined to be independent. She LOVES to dance. Needs just $10/month! Sponsor here.

*Esther has mild CP, monoplegia, and slight developmental/speech delay. She attends a mainstream private school. She tends to be a little shy, but is also super-smiley, gentle, and happy to please. Needs $155/month. Sponsor here.

*Livy is described as a spunky ball of energy who is a quirky entertainer! When she’s not being silly, you can find her coloring, playing imaginative games, or curled up for a snuggle. Read about her here! Livy is also available for adoption. Find more information here. There is a $10,000 child-specific grant available to her adoptive family. Needs $105/month. Sponsor here.

*Lucy is described as an entertainer with a great sense of humor who loves to play tag and make her friends laugh. She has a beautiful imagination and enjoys creating art. You will often find her playing pretend and recreating the most ordinary things into something extraordinary and exciting. Needs $215/month. Sponsor here.

*Anna is described as cuddly, happy, sweet, and playful. She recently learned to walk independently and attends an on-site preschool. She can take a while to warm up to new people, but is friendly toward familiar faces. She has begun speaking a few words in Telugu. *Anna is fully sponsored!

*Eloise was transferred to SCH with an infection in her right jaw bone, known as Osteomyelitis (*Teagan at Courage Purple also has this). *Eloise is a little clown and enjoys being the entertainer and making people laugh. She has many hilarious little quirks and the sweetest little hugs you will ever receive. Read more about *Eloise the little inventor here! She’s fully sponsored!

*Heidi has Down Syndrome, like *John, *Naomi, and *Zane. Heidi is described as a precious, snuggly little girl! She has the cutest little giggle and loves spending time playing with her foster sisters. *Heidi attends Little Lions preschool, where she is learning her basic shapes, colors, numbers, and alphabet. She’s fully sponsored!

*Rosie is a sweetheart who was born with an autoimmune disease. She is often quiet and the observer in a group setting. She loves to dance and make people laugh. She is a good friend to her foster sisters.  She is fully sponsored!

Schoolgirls from other homes who need sponsorship

Though *Tatum lives at Faith Home Purple, she also attends school. She is is a very special and unique child who amazes us at SCH every day. She has semi-paralysis of her arms and a congenital disability, but is able to use her feet to do almost anything hands can do! She is able to read and write, and communicates very well in Telegu. *Tatum attends school locally. Needs $270/month. Sponsor here.

Educate a girl, save the world!

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 $10/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 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!

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