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

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Updated 7/9/18: Please welcome *Izzy and *Ainsley to Courage Purple! The family is still waiting to bring home *Piper. CHP was able to bring these girls home because *Teagan and *Selah have been recently adopted! Each adoption opens up new possibilities for SCH to bring more children into their care, in order to facilitate reunions with biological family or 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, 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 are living in Ongole while SCH helps facilitate their reunion with their biological parents!

*Ethan is an extremely cute toddler who is around 2, making him one of the youngest foster siblings in the home. *Ethan’s heart and generosity are so much bigger than his tiny frame and only make him all the sweeter. *Ethan is described as very quiet. He has an older biological brother named *Milo, who is fully sponsored! Needs $65/month. Sponsor 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. He is an incurable prankster with a heart of gold. His mind is constantly creating exciting scenarios to play out and he plans out his birthday party at least 800 times before bed.

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

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 (Merissa and Lydia, along with their 11 foster children and Merissa’s adopted daughter) are currently fully sponsored. There used to be another foster home in the building, Courage Home Green, but so many children were adopted that CHG merged with Courage Home Teal! Courage Home Teal’s foster parent is Taylor.

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 special needs including blindness, deafness, and 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 two 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

*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 school in the community. He is learning to walk with support! 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.

*Barnabas has CP and epilepsy. He is constantly on the move, and gets around by scooting! He has a great smile and loves to interact with others. The world is full of possibilities, and *Barnabas is not about to miss out on any of them! He’s a miniature explorer. *Barnabas will soon be receiving a feeding tube to provide additional nutrition. Needs $250/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. *Daylan  is a firecracker with a perfect smile and a mohawk haircut. *Daylan is distinct and expressive in every way. He has a crazy sense of humor and loud approach to life! Needs just $50/month more! Sponsor here.

Note: *Daylan is also listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’).

*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. *Ian is now full of compassion and love despite his challenging beginnings, and Jesus is writing a beautifully redemptive story in his life. *Ian challenges staff and family daily to be kinder and better human beings. Needs $100/month more. Sponsor here.

*Isaiah is one of the youngest kids at Courage Home, and he is adored by his caregiver and teacher. He 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! *Isaiah is working hard to be able to sit up by himself for longer periods of time. He is full of passion (his caregiver calls it ‘drama’) and laughter! Needs just $60/month more! Sponsor here.

*Jeff has CP, for which he uses a wheelchair, as well as an intellectual disability. He is described as a precious, curious, joyful young boy who has the brightest smile you ever will see. Jeff 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! Needs $245/month. Sponsor here. Learn more about *Jeff 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! *Jeriah has a wonderfully contagious laugh! He is a joyful, lovable kiddo with a brave heart. When *Jeriah arrived at SCH, he was very malnourished and covered in bed sores, but with love and care, he is thriving and no longer spends his life on a mat on the floor. He is busy and having fun! Needs just $5/month more! We can do this! 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 the eldest brother 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. *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. He is the big brother of Courage Home. Needs $180/month. Sponsor here.

*Sam has spastic CP, for which he uses a wheelchair for proper positioning; epilepsy; and an intellectual disability. *Sam (along with *Jeff and *Barnabas) is new to Courage Home, and will be having surgery soon to have a g-tube placed, which will improve his quality of life. We can’t wait to see his personality come out more once he is stronger and getting more nutrition. He is best friends with *Jeff, a foster brother. He loves to be spoken to and held! Needs $240/month. Sponsor here.

Fully Sponsored Children

*Elijah is on the autism spectrum and has epilepsy. He is described as a quiet, reserved, silly boy who loves to explore.  He is also the wild child, the dance machine, the bear hugger. *Elijah daily surprises everyone with new layers and colors of both his personality and his mind. He can frequently be found leading visitors around by the hand, to make sure they get the best tour of the house.

*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 an opportunist. His mind is constantly formulating plans and ideas and the moment he sees an opening, you better believe he is going for it! Sometimes that looks like rearranging the furniture in his bedroom, other times it looks like disassembling ride on toy cars to make one giant rocket ship contraption.

*Riley was born with a complex congenital heart disease, hypothyroidism, and hypotonia. He has had several surgeries for his congenital heart defect, but he is active and getting stronger! He is beyond adorable and full of pranks. He is big on cuddling and painting secret murals on his bedroom walls! He is described as a little ham who loves to snuggle, wave, and blow kisses. He is also a little fighter who has stolen the hearts of many. Learn more about *Riley here!

Courage Home Purple

You can read more about the kids in this home 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.

*Ainsley and *Izzy are the newest additions to SCH’s Courage Home Purple! Let’s get them sponsored! A third girl, *Piper, is in the process of transitioning from the government orphanage. I can’t wait to introduce her to you! I will update with more information when it’s available.

*Ainsley is a peanut. She is 3 years old, but her weight is almost imperceptible when carried. Although she is so tiny and so sweet, she is not to be underestimated. Each day, she shows us a bit more of her big personality as she lets down her guard and feels more secure. Needs $350/month. Sponsor here.

*Izzy is a 6-year-old girl who is brimming with exuberance. She is curious and silly and passionate. She has been spending a good portion of the past days crawling around the house, shrieking with glee. She has mesmerizing, deep eyes and a rolling laugh that can make hearts swell. She is wearing AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics) to help position her feet correctly. Needs $350/month. Sponsor here.

Fully Sponsored Children

*Cedar was born blind, and is known as the acrobat of Courage Home. He can often be found hanging upside down off the crib, the table, or the slide! He makes silly sounds and laughs if you imitate them. *Cedar has a guide cane, which he is learning to use, but needs some help with motivation. *Cedar also has institutional autism.

*Chloe is blind and uses a guide cane to get around. She can read braille very well, and loves to sing and dance! She attends weekly voice lessons and a dance class. *Chloe is very quirky and funny, and she always makes people laugh. She has one of the sweetest voices ever!

Note: *Chloe is also listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’).

*Dinah is known as the “Sunshine girl”, and almost always has a smile on her face. *Dinah is learning to identify her body parts, and is now standing up and bouncing when she hears music! *Dinah learned to walk independently a few years ago. She has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which mostly affects her legs. She also has nystagmus, a condition which causes her eyes to ‘shake’, and can affect her vision. She does daily eye exercises to help strengthen the muscles. She’s very motivated, and when she’s ready to do something, you better believe she’ll do it! She will go to the place where the activity is supposed to happen, and wait for the others to arrive.

Note: *Dinah is also listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’). She’s eligible for an Older Child Grant!

*Georgie is the newest addition to Courage Purple! He is an energetic 4-year-old. He has a visual impairment and the CUTEST chubby cheeks! He’s described as really chill and easygoing! He loves to laugh but is not a fan of PT during bath-time. *Georgie really loves playing with sounds – on his recent birthday, his family sang him a special rendition of ‘the Birthday Song’ that included loudly banging on pots and pans!

Note: *Georgie is also listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’).

*Jasmine was born blind. 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 is making progress with maneuvering around the house using her guide cane. If *Jasmine hears the sound of water splashing, she is quick to find the source of the sound – so she can dunk her face in the water!

*Lily is the 13-year-old, big sister of Courage Home. She has cerebral palsy, and an autoimmune disease which is completely undetectable at this time. She is a typical teenager in many aspects, and prefers watching YouTube videos on the iPad while the other kids play. She also uses her iPad as a communication device, using a software called ProLoQuo2Go. 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 and loving and loves to pray for the other children.

*Mae has a father and older sister who visit her regularly, and her foster family is working on a reunification plan. *Mae is bilingual, speaking both Telugu and English fluently. She is blind, and uses a guide cane to get around very efficiently! *Mae is attending a mainstream school locally, where she is in kindergarten. She’s reading short sentences in braille and learning how to write using a smart-Brailler. She is the biggest fan of Sarabi, the Courage Home cat! SCH is working on a reunification plan for the family.

*Molly is bright and joyful and loves to be silly. Don’t ever leave this girl out – *Molly 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. *Molly has cerebral palsy, for which she uses a customized wheelchair. Because her CP affects her ability to speak, she is learning to use an eye gaze computer program and is the first child at SCH to access this type of equipment! *Molly is a quick learner and works very hard at everything she does. She’s currently working on building her core muscles! She has an upcoming surgery soon to help ease a chronically prolapsed hip.

Note: *Molly is also listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’). She’s eligible for an Older Child Grant!

*Nolan is one smart cookie who loves getting into trouble! He’s the definition of a trickster. When he was younger, he had to be tricked into learning, because he was so smart that he was bored. *Nolan has cerebral palsy and uses an iPad and communication program to communicate. It was discovered around age 7 that *Nolan is D/deaf! He knows some simple signs in sign language, but his CP makes it difficult for him to manipulate his fingers. He also received a cochlear implant (CI) in the past, however, he no longer wears it because it was not providing any benefit due to his advanced age at implantation, as well as his type of hearing loss. However, he was the catalyst to 4+ future cochlear implants for other children at SCH! He’s a true trailblazer.

Note: *Nolan is also listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’). 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.

*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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