Advocating for Kids at SCH, Part V: Courage Home!

This post will consist of all the children who live at Courage Home in Hyderabad, where there are 2 foster homes: Courage Teal and Courage Purple. All the children who live in Courage Purple (Nikki & Merissa, along with their 12 foster children and Nikki’s adopted daughter) are currently fully sponsored. This post will feature kids from Courage Teal, as the kids of Courage Purple are all currently sponsored! There used to be another foster home in the building, Courage Home Green, but so many children were adopted that CHG merged with CHT!

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 the Courage Home sponsorship page:

Children with a variety of diverse special needs inhabit the halls of Courage Home. Courage consists of [two] foster families in separate apartment-style homes. Each home is equipped with one to two foster [parents], several caregivers, and at least one nurse. An on-site school is run out of Courage – Anjali School for the Blind, a program run by one of our foster moms for our blind children.

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*Aaron has CP and is nonverbal, but very capable and communicative. He is good friends with *Lily, who lives at Courage Purple. He attends a local special needs school in the community. He is learning to walk! He uses AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics) to help him walk. *Aaron loves to help. Needs $110/month. Sponsor here.

*Daylan has ataxic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and a manageable chronic illness. *Daylan is gaining strength and function over his body every day! He can sit independently and loves to make sounds! That must be why he loves squeaky toys so much. Needs $190/month. Sponsor here.

*Elijah has autism and epilepsy. He is described as a quiet, reserved, silly boy who loves to explore. He can frequently be found leading visitors around by the hand to make sure they get the best tour of the house. Needs just $90/month! Sponsor here.

*Ethan is an extremely cute toddler who is around 2, making him one of the youngest foster siblings in the home. *Ethan is described as very quiet. He has an older biological brother named *Milo, who also lives at Courage Teal! Needs $270/month. Sponsor here.

Read about *Ethan and *Milo’s special bond as biological brothers here!

*Milo lives in the same home with his adorable younger biological brother, *Ethan! He is described as an adventurous, silly little boy who was born with an autoimmune disease. He loves to play with his foster siblings and cars, and has the cutest little laugh and smile. Needs $360/month. Sponsor here.

*Ian was abandoned in a hospital, with a critical condition requiring an emergency surgery to remove a kidney. Upon his arrival, Ian could not talk or walk and was in very low spirits. He has beat the statistics and is now often found chatting up a storm. He enjoys running around with his foster brothers. Needs just $75/month! Sponsor here.

*Isaiah had very little stimulation at the government orphanage where he lived prior to coming to SCH, and so really only knew how to lay on his back on the floor. Despite this prior neglect, he has a beautiful little grin which he loves to share with everyone at home. He can now roll over and have ‘tummy time’, and is also sitting while supported! Needs $200/month. Sponsor here.

*Jeriah has spastic quadriplegic CP, for which he uses a wheelchair. He is thriving in his foster family, where he is adored and cherished by his siblings and caregivers. He has come such a long way! Needs $110/month. Sponsor here.

*Justin has CP and has overcome severe epilepsy, for which he receives medication, and has had a stroke, but recovered relatively well. He is often regarded as the ‘big brother’ of the home, as he is currently the eldest. He attends on-site school with a tutor! Needs $280/month. Sponsor here.

*Nicky has CP, for which he uses a wheelchair; scoliosis, for which he recently received corrective surgery to place rods and avoid damaging his internal organs; and epilepsy. He is another one of the big brothers in the home. He loves car magazines and being an older brother! He has a home tutor to help him learn and is very smart. Needs $160/month. Sponsor here.

*Joel is described as a curious, determined, playful, silly little boy. He loves to try new things, and get into anything that looks interesting. You will often see him making silly faces or talking in goofy voices, as he loves to make everyone laugh! He is also a very sensitive boy, and it shows in the most endearing way when he gives you a spontaneous hug or kiss on the cheek. *Joel is fully sponsored!

*Gabe was born with hydrocephalus and spina bifida, for which he uses a wheelchair. Thanks to his ZipZac wheelchair, he is able to get around and keep up with his foster siblings. He has a sweet personality and a soft smile that makes him quite the charmer. He is very observant and always seems to know what is going on! *Gabe attends a mainstream preschool. Learn more about *Gabe here! He is fully sponsored!

*Riley was born with a complex congenital heart disease, hypothyroidism, and hypotonia. He is described as a little ham who loves to snuggle, wave, and blow kisses. He is a little fighter who has recently learned to walk and talk, and has stolen the hearts of many. Learn more about *Riley here! He is fully sponsored!

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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