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


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Update 2020:

Unfortunately, Barbara, who was known as Jeriah online, has passed away 😦

Update 2019:

In September, *Vera joined the Courage Purple family! In August, *Mikayla joined the Courage Purple family! In June, *Ainsley and *Piper were adopted and are now home with their forever families! Both girls were with SCH for about a year before their adoptions. *Malachi joined the Courage Home Teal family in September! In April, Courage Home Teal welcomed *Keaton! Read more about him below! *Ian was adopted and is home with his forever family! *Becky transitioned into Courage Purple, in order to be closer to biological brother, *Zeke! *Becky is fully sponsored! In February, *Riley was adopted! He is now home with his forever family.

Many of the kiddos in Courage have lost sponsors! Can you help replenish their sponsorship stores? The post below has been edited to reflect these needs.

Help support Merissa and Divya here. SCH depends on donations for all their needs, including living expenses for foster parents! Merissa and Divya transitioned back to America in early 2020. Wish them the best of luck!

Help support Lydia’s pending adoption here!


Update 2018:

In September, *Piper was brought to Courage Purple! Meet her below! In August, *Zeke became the newest addition to Courage Teal! In July, Courage Purple welcomed *Izzy and *Ainsley! They were able to bring these girls home because *Teagan and *Selah were adopted! Each adoption opens new possibilities for SCH to bring more children into their care, in order to facilitate reunions with biological families or help facilitate new adoptions wherever possible.

Courage Home has had to increase the amount of sponsorship each child requires, in hopes of off-setting the deficits caused by recent Courage Home adoptions! Read on below to find the changes.

Learn more about each of the kids at Courage Home and commit to sponsoring one (or more!) here.

*Gabe, *Brianna (CK), *Charlotte (Deepa), *Addie (Divya), *Teagan, *Joel, and *Selah (Kavi) have been adopted! *Selah joined former foster brother *Theo (Vignesh), who previously lived at Courage Purple as well! They are now forever-siblings ❤

*Ethan and *Milo have been reunited with their biological parents! Read about *Ethan and *Milo’s special bond as biological brothers here. Unfortunately, *Milo has been returned to SCH without brother *Ethan, because *Milo has a disability and *Ethan does not. THeir parents were unable to care for them as well as their sister, so *Milo and the sister have been sent to separate foster homes from *Milo. SCH will continue to provide care for *Milo with love and support.


Original post:

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. 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:

Courage Home is home to children with a variety of medical needs including being blind, D/deaf, or having cerebral palsy. Courage consists of two foster families in separate apartment-style homes; Courage Teal and Courage Purple. Each home is equipped with one to foster parents, several caregivers, and one nurse. Courage also hosts one of our on-site schools – Anjali School for the Blind, a program run by one of our foster moms for our blind and deaf-blind children.

Courage Home Teal

Completely Unsponsored

*Milo, who used to live at SCH but was reunited with his family earlier this year, has sadly had to return to Courage Teal permanently. While it is unfortunate his parents have given him up again, it is at least good to know he will be returning to a foster family who knows him. *Milo will be attending a public school alongside his new best friend, *Keaton! Web page link will be added as soon as it becomes available. Needs $510/month, which also covers his school costs! Sponsor here.

Partially Sponsored

*Aaron has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal, but very capable and communicative. He is learning to use assistive technology on an iPad to supplement communication. *Aaron is good friends with *Lily, who lives at Courage Purple. He is receiving classes to practice standing and walking, and loves to do so outside to watch the cars, motorcycles, and people pass on the street. He uses AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics) to help him walk. *Aaron loves to help. *Aaron’s love for music is only exceeded by his deep-seated desire for justice. Whether it is a mean name or a crayon stolen, *Aaron won’t let anyone get far before informing his caregivers of the corrupt act with much eagerness. Needs just $50/month more! Sponsor here.

*Daylan has 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. Although *Daylan does not say many words, his communication is loud and clear! He’s a boy who knows what he wants! In 2018, he started using an alternative communication device and is learning to communicate! *Daylan has a way about him that easily captivates every person with whom he comes into contact. Every day for *Daylan is marked with enthusiasm for the big and small happenings, a contagious enthusiasm often marked with loud, joyful sounds. *Daylan is a firecracker with a perfect smile and mohawk haircut. He is distinct and expressive in every way. He has a crazy sense of humor and loud approach to life! He has so much perseverance in learning new skills and working toward independence in many areas. This boy is joy and love and kindness and spunk and all that is wonderful and good. Needs just $25/month more! Sponsor here.

Note: *Daylan 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! He’s eligible for an Older Child Grant!

*Jeff has cerebral palsy, for which he sometimes uses a wheelchair, as well as an intellectual disability. *Jeff is quick to let you know he enjoys being part of the forever-moving activity of his home, moving from room to room independently by rolling when not in his wheelchair. *Jeff is a huge fan of greeting those he knows and loves with a large, open-mouthed kiss, his arms outstretched for a hug. He is described as a precious, curious, joyful young boy who has the brightest smile you ever will see. *Jeff loves fiercely, is full of sass, and is an incredible joy. He loves to be talked to and cuddled. He is very independent and loves to brush his own teeth and feed himself! When other people dance, he laughs! In 2018, he focused on, and made great strides in, his fine-motor skills! Learn more about *Jeff here. Needs just $95/month more! Sponsor here.

*Keaton always a smile on his face! He radiates joy and giggles. Always inquisitive and curious, *Keaton loves to take things apart to see how they work. His imagination runs wild through his drawings and new ideas for things to create. *Keaton’s high energy lasts almost all day long; riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, playing games, and always asking to go for rides on your shoulders. Currently, he is participating in classes at home, but we hope to get this eager-to-learn boy enrolled in school soon! Needs just $55/month. Sponsor here.

Note: *Keaton 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!

*Malachi has a visual impairment and attends a school in the community. He also receives individualized classes at home. He is incredibly motivated to learn and we love to see him making progress in his academics and Braille! He is SCH’s little musician! Anything and everything is an instrument to him – some of his favorites recently have been the window, flip flops, and his toothbrush! He has quite the rhythm. *Malachi is joyful and kind, adventurous and inquisitive. His curious mind is always churning out new questions on how things work and move, or how they can be taken apart. This sweet boy has the best wide, toothy grin, and the most joyful bursts of giggles. Needs $120/month. Sponsor here.

*Sam has cerebral palsy for which he uses a wheelchair, as well as epilepsy and an intellectual disability. *Sam had a g-tube placed in 2018, which helps improve his quality of life, and he is already gaining weight! *Sam is one of the handsome teenagers in his home who loves one-on-one attention, being read to, listening to music, and head massages. *Sam is incredibly ticklish, especially on his arms and toes! His smile is freely given to those he loves and knows, his laugh a beautiful sound. He understands his native language, Telugu, and learns more words in English every day. He is best friends with *Jeff! He loves to be spoken to and held. Needs $120/month. Sponsor here.

*Zeke has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder that is still being diagnosed. This sweet boy has a toothy grin and an adventurous disposition. He is full of surprises, and loves to show how independent he can be, especially in self-care and feeding. *Zeke thoroughly enjoys exploring his environment, playing with other boys, zooming toy cars around, and gaining strength by walking with a walker around the house. He has incredibly expressive facial expressions, is learning new words every day, and loves cars, trucks, and bikes. His grin is the widest, his giggle the cutest, his zeal for everything new the sweetest – capturing the hearts of all the caregivers and all the other mancubs. *Ian and *Riley especially loved welcoming him into the home, and stepped beautifully into brotherhood with this lovable boy! In 2018, he got a new walker and has made progress in his strength and coordination. He was also reunited with biological sister, *Becky, who is now living at Joy Home! Needs $265/month. Sponsor here.

Fully Sponsored

*Barnabas has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. In 2018, *Barnabas received a feeding tube to provide him with additional nutrition, and has begun gaining weight! Time spent with *Barnabas is uniquely perfect; his quiet, observatory nature is mixed with genuine curiosity of the world around him. He is constantly on the move, and gets around by scooting! You can often find him hanging out underneath the kitchen table. He has a great smile and loves to interact with others. The world is full of possibilities, and *Barnabas is not about to miss any of them! He’s a miniature explorer. He works on mobility and sensory processing in individualized classes in-home.

*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 prior neglect, he has a beautiful grin which he loves to share with everyone. As the Prince of Courage, *Isaiah is adored by his caregiver and her daughter so completely. *Isaiah is a big fan of pizza, and an even bigger fan of Coca Cola! *Isaiah is working hard to sit independently for longer periods. He is a lovebug, has the best pouty bottom lip, and always wants to be cuddled. In 2018, *Isaiah has been working hard toward sitting by himself for longer periods, and receives physiotherapy throughout the week. He is full of passion, which his caregiver calls ‘drama’, and laughter!

*Nicky has cerebral palsy for which he uses a wheelchair; scoliosis, for which he underwent surgery to place rods and avoid damage to internal organs; and epilepsy. He is the eldest brother in the home – the watchful eye, bringer of joy. He is quick to join the other boys in their antics with supportive, deep laughter. His love for music is not exceeded by many things, except maybe chocolate frosting. He is adored by caregivers, nurses, teachers, and staff. He loves car magazines and being an older brother! He has a home tutor to help him learn, and is very smart. *Nicky is described as a deep feeler; he laughs without reservation at anyone slapping at a mosquito, and cries when there is no more cake frosting. in 2018, he made progress in physiotherapy!

Courage Purple

You can read more about the kids in this home on my blog by choosing the ‘Courage Home Purple’ tag, or searching the tag in the search bar on the front page of this blog, in the sidebar on the right. You can also search each of their names in the same place.

Completely Unsponsored

*Vera has a visual impairment and cerebral palsy. She is a beautiful young lady with thick, textured hair (we predict it will be curly when it grows out!). She is soothed by music, thinks bouncing on the trampoline is hilarious, and is quite ticklish. She recently joined the other Courage Purple kids in water play for the first time, and enjoyed the sensation of splashing in the water. In this transition period, she can become easily overwhelmed by loud sounds and too much stimulation. However, she craves human interaction and loves being held, holding hands, and receiving hugs and kisses. We are looking forward to getting to know *Vera more each day as she settles in and her personality continues to emerge. Needs $350/month. Sponsor here.

Partially Sponsored

*Becky is a lovely 5-year-old girl who is very smart, brave, and full of curiosity. She arrived at SCH in Joy Home on December 10th. The house was buzzing with excitement as she walked through the doors, and she quickly became the center of attention! She amazed the other girls as she quickly started to learn their names and copy their words. Within minutes of arriving from the orphanage, she began asking about her big brother, *Zeke. He was brought to SCH’s Courage Home a couple months ago, and she was eager to be reunited with him. We arrived the next day for a visit. When she saw him, she wrapped her arms around him with sisterly affection. It was a beautiful moment to witness. They share a special love for each other and we are looking forward to many more special play dates in the days to come. *Becky moved to Courage Purple in April 2019, is attending mainstream private school which she has just begun in September 2019, and has hour-long visits with *Zeke every day! Needs $150/month. Sponsor here.

*Cedar is functionally blind, known as the resident acrobat of Courage. He is known for his wild contortions and trapeze-like antics, and can often be found hanging upside down off the crib, table, or slide! At some point during the day, you’re bound to catch this sweetheart hanging upside down off any elevated surface. He makes silly sounds and laughs if you imitate them. *Cedar is giggly and tender-hearted – well-beloved by caregivers, teachers, and staff. He attends an on-site home-school program, Anjali School for the Blind. Daily, this little guy is making excellent progress in his orientation and mobility by using his guide cane, tolerating sensory exploration, and working on communication skills. In 2018, he learned to self-propel on riding toys! Needs $200/month. Sponsor here.

*Dinah has cerebral palsy which mostly affects her legs. She also has nystagmus, a condition which causes her eyes to ‘shake’, which affects her vision. She does daily eye exercises to help strengthen the muscles. *Dinah learned to walk independently a few years ago. *Dinah is known as “Sunshine girl”, and almost always has a smile on her face! She is full of sass and spunk. *Dinah is learning to identify her body parts, and will stand and bounce to music! She is a social cuddlebug who radiates with joy when she hears someone singing her name! She usually responds to others with a giant grin. *Dinah has low vision and attends an on-site homeschool program, Anjali School for the Blind. In class, she works on communication skills, mobility, and overall strength. She’s very motivated, and when she’s ready to do something, you better believe she’ll do it! She will independently go to the place where an activity is supposed to happen and wait for others to arrive! In 2018, she learned to walk on uneven surfaces! Needs just $85/month more! Sponsor here.

Note: *Dinah 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! She’s eligible for an Older Child Grant!

*Georgie is functionally blind and the CUTEST, chubby chipmunk cheeks! He’s described as really chill and easygoing, with a bubbly, sweet, gentle disposition! *Georgie is rapidly changing and developing – learning how to scoot around, bear weight, and explore with his hands in 2018. He loves to laugh, but is not a fan of PT during bath-time. He loves making silly noises when he can – he often vocalizes silly babbles, finds interesting surfaces to tap, or picks things up and throws them to hear their clatter. On his birthday, his family sang a special rendition of the ‘Birthday Song’ including loudly-banging pots and pans! *Georgie is social guy who has easily stolen the hearts of all the teachers at Anjali School for the Blind, with whom he works in small group or one-to-one classes. Read an update on *Georgie from SCH’s official Facebook page here! Needs just $25/month more! Sponsor here.

Note: *Georgie 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!

*Lily is the teenage big sister of Courage. She has cerebral palsy for which she uses a gait trainer, and a manageable autoimmune disease. *Lily’s bright smile brings joy to everyone she meets. She one-of-a-kind – sweet, gentle, and, at the drop of a hat, adorably rowdy and completely goofy. This girl is known for how well she cares for and loves on others – she makes sure tears are wiped, tummies are tickled, and friends are hugged. She is a typical teenager in many aspects, and prefers watching YouTube videos while the others play. She also loves to read and write; she is refining her communication skills using her iPad as a communication device and software called ProLoQuo2Go, to supplement her spoken and sign language. She is remarkably smart! *Lily is always, always learning, and loves to help others. She can often be found taking care of the younger kids or hanging out with her best friend, *Molly. She is loyal, loving, and loves to pray for other children. *Lily attends classes on-site every day and receives physiotherapy multiple times a week. She grows stronger every day, and always enjoys every chance she gets to race in her gait trainer on the roof or test it out on neighborhood streets – new equipment she acquired in 2018! Needs $280/month more. Sponsor here.

Note: *Lily‘s family is coming!

*Mikayla is 5 years old, has a visual impairment, and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She is a tiny bundle of joy – her smile is bright, her laughter soft. Already, caregivers are learning more and more about her. She likes to repeat sounds made to her, like kisses and babbling noises; she likes to hold hands; she loves music. And though she is very, very small, she is a big fan of food! *Mikayla was brought to Courage Purple in August 2019 from the local government orphanage after SCH spent several months praying over her transfer, and she was welcomed with quiet excitement from the caregivers, teachers, and kids, who all sweetly gathered around her. The SCH community is excited to watch her grow, and hopes her days will be abundantly peaceful and comforting as she transitions to a new environment. We pray that her time at SCH will be marked with love and growth and exploration and fun! Since arriving at SCH, *Mikayla is bearing weight on her feet and standing using the aid of a special device called a stander! She was a little unsure about it at first, but quickly it became one of her favourite things! Needs $345/month. Sponsor here.

Fully Sponsored

*Izzy has mild cerebral palsy, which seems to only affect her legs, so she wears AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics) to help position her feet correctly. *Izzy is a beautiful wonder with mesmerizing, deep brown eyes and a rolling laugh that makes hearts swell. She is brimming with exuberance! She is curious, silly, and passionate. *Izzy is smart and kind, snuggly and warm. Bright and vivacious, this girl is constantly effervescing joy and always greeting each new day with excitement and bravery and strength. Since coming to SCH, *Izzy has grown so much more comfortable and confident. In 2018, she learned some words in sign language and gained independence with things such as feeding and brushing her teeth!

Note: *Izzy 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!

*Jasmine was born blind. This girl is a hoot! She loves to go, go, go! She can often be found spinning in speedy circles around the living room floor on her scooter board, or wildly swinging in dizzying circles. *Jasmine often erupts with giggles and vocalizations when excited, and this girl is excited so much! She loves music, sensory play, and, above all, swimming. This brave fish is at her happiest when she can splash, dive, or dunk in a pool – she worked toward swimming independently in 2018! If *Jasmine hears the sound of water splashing, she is quick to find the source – so she can dunk her face in! *Jasmine is also incredibly affectionate and strong- her tight, loving embraces are coveted! *Jasmine is making progress maneuvering around the house using her guide cane. She attends an on-site homeschool program, Anjali School for the Blind. Daily, she continues to make progress in her orientation and mobility using her guide cane, sensory exploration, and communication skills.

*Mae is functionally blind and uses a guide cane to get around very efficiently! She has a father and older sister who visit regularly, and her foster family is working on a reunification plan. There is no one in the world quite like dear, sweet *Mae. Affectionately referred to as the grandma of Courage Purple, she would love nothing more than to sit and chat! This chatterbox is silly, sweet, bright, and spunky. Most of all, she’s filled with boundless joy. She loves to laugh, and nothing brightens the day more than when she erupts with giggles that float in the air, sweetly echoing her unbridled excitement and love of life. She is headstrong in her ways, undeterred or swayed by the words of others. *Mae is bilingual, speaking both Telugu and English fluently. *Mae is attending a mainstream school locally, where she is in kindergarten – the first child with a vision disability to attend a mainstream school full-time, without an aide! *Mae works hard on schoolwork and learning activities, reading short sentences in Braille and learning how to write using a smart-Brailler. She continues to make so much incredible headway in her Braille and academic instruction. In 2018, she became competent in reading Braille and can sound out simple 3-letter words!

*Molly has cerebral palsy, for which she uses a wheelchair to get around. Because CP affects her ability to speak, she is learning to use an eye gaze computer and is the first child at SCH to access this type of equipment! In addition, this incredible girl communicates in a variety of other ways, including vocalizations and sign language, to share what is on her mind with others. *Molly remains the only child at SCH who uses eye gaze technology to complete academic activities, play games, and communicate. She is bright, joyful, and loves being silly. Don’t ever leave this girl out – she always wants to be in the thick of the adventure, doing the same activities as everyone else! She gets sad when she isn’t included. She is spunk and sass and an ever-present smile. *Molly is one of the giggliest observers – watching the world around her with unparalleled joy, eager to participate in the beauty (or chaos) unfolding around her. *Molly is a quick learner and works very hard at everything she does. She’s currently working on building her core muscles in PT! She has had a surgery for a chronically-prolapsed hip and has had a g-tube placed to help supplement her nutrition (she still LOVES to eat by mouth and especially to feed herself!). *Molly attends classes daily on-site and has physiotherapy several times throughout the week. Time spent with her is fun and sweet, and all things heart-warming and hope-giving. To put it simply, the more you get to know a heart like hers, the happier yours becomes. We are incredibly proud of how she grows and learns everyday. In 2018, she focused on her health and recovering from her 2 surgeries!

Note: *Molly 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! She’s eligible for an Older Child Grant!

*Nolan has cerebral palsy, and it was discovered around 7 that he is D/deaf! He knows some sign language, but has difficulty manipulating his fingers, so uses an iPad in combination to communicate. He received a cochlear implant in the past, but no longer wears it because it was determined the device was not providing benefit. However, he was the catalyst for 4+ future CIs for other children! He is one smart cookie who loves getting into trouble. His smile is contagious, giant, lovely, perfect – a wonderful window into the brilliance of his soul. He charges into life head-first, greeting everything new and familiar with refreshed, total, exuberant joy. He’s the definition of a trickster. When he was younger, he had to be tricked into learning, because he was so smart he was bored with typical activities. *Nolan attends one-on-one and small group classes throughout his day geared toward developing a variety of skills, especially communication and assistive technology. *Nolan also receives physiotherapy multiple times a week where he loves to demonstrate his strength – standing up independently or taking steps in his AFOs. In 2018, his AFOs were upgraded to help improve his stability whilst standing!

Note: *Nolan 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! He’s eligible for an Older Child Grant!

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. You can 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.

*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian government 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.

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