Advocating for Kids at SCH, Part VII: Faith Home!

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Update 7/9/18: *Faye and *Lynn have been adopted and are home with their forever families!

This post will consist of all the children who live at Faith Home in Ongole. 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.

Support Faith Home’s vocational school program by purchasing needed items here!

From the Faith Home sponsorship page:

One of our three Ongole homes, Faith is home to our girls and young women with a wide range of medical and cognitive disabilities. Faith Home is equipped with an excellent nursing staff and on-site special educators and tutors. Four foster families make up Faith Home: Faith Green, Faith Purple, Faith Yellow, and Faith Orange.

*Alesa has hydrocephalus, for which she has had a vp shunt placed. She is a lovely, mature young lady who is described as spunky and enjoys being silly with her foster sisters. She loves being girly, painting her nails, and having her hair braided, like most girls in India. She also enjoys playing cards and board games. *Alesa is hard-working and studies diligently. She pays special attention to detail, and it shows in her handwriting, which is very neat and beautiful. *Alesa’s warm smile is always inviting, and everyone enjoys spending time with her. She recently moved to Faith Home, where she is bonded with a special caregiver. Needs $260/month. Sponsor here.

*Amanda has an intellectual disability, but she hasn’t let it stop her. She is described as  a wonderful, sweet young lady who loves to help with younger children and various other tasks. She thrives on feeling needed to help others. She also loves dancing, running, and games. She is learning to make beaded bracelets and flower necklaces as a vocation. Needs $275/month. Sponsor here.

*Amulya has CP and an intellectual disability. She has a twin, *Dhivena! *Amulya had a surgery to release the tendons behind her knees a couple years ago, and can now walk more comfortably. She attends on-site school. *Amulya enjoys attending classes each day, and is always happy and friendly, with just a touch of mischief! She loves to go to the beach and play in the sand and waves. She is also learning to make beaded bracelets and flower necklaces as a vocation. Needs $275/month. Sponsor here.

*Bella has CP. She is a quiet, reserved girl who enjoys stringing beads, doing puzzles, making things with duplo blocks, coloring, and other hands-on activities. She can speak, but does so only when she feels the need. *Bella loves music class, where the clacker is her favourite instrument. *Bella is a happy girl who loves to give and receive hug, and you often see her smiling as she watches others. Needs $150/month. Sponsor here.

*Christina has an intellectual disability, a joyful spirit, and loves to sing and dance. She is always helpful when asked to do something. She has medaled in the state Special Olympics in two sporting events! She is enthusiastic about learning and especially enjoys music class. Needs $185/month. Sponsor here.

*Dawn is a sweet young woman who has a mental illness, and was brought to SCH having suffered physical and emotional abuse. Since transitioning to SCH, *Dawn has gone through tremendous amounts of healing, and today you can typically catch her smiling brightly or participating in class. Needs $275/month. Sponsor here.

*Dhivena has CP, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability, as well as some strabismus. She had a surgery to correct club feet when she was younger, and is now a mobile, happy, friendly young lady with a bright smile. *Dhivena loves to listen to music and make bracelets and necklaces in her vocational class at on-site school. She has a twin sister, *Amulya! Needs $275/month. Sponsor here.

*Glory has CP complicated by osteoporosis, and epilepsy. *Glory is described as a quiet, sweet, and shy girl who is quick to lend a helping hand. She attends on-site vocational school with a local teacher who tutors her at Jubilee Home, where she also learns to make handicrafts like beaded bracelets and flower necklaces! Music class is her favorite, especially when she can play the maraca during circle time. *Glory is shy, sweet, and smiley. She is quiet, but loves to help out! Needs $260/month. Sponsor here.

*Jodi is a darling little girl who has CP and a manageable chronic illness. She is energetic, playful and very curious. In 2013, with the help of a devoted volunteer, *Jodi learned to walk independently. Today, you can often find her walking up and down the stairs of her home. Needs just $70/month more! Sponsor here.

*Meghan has an intellectual disability. She is described as a kind, friendly, happy young woman with a constant, gigantic smile on her face! She loves creating art, going on outings, and making new friends. When she transitioned to SCH, she was excited to leave the government orphanage where she lived for many years, and hadn’t had proper nutrition or the opportunity to receive any education. Now, *Meghan is healthy and active; she jumps on the trampoline, loves baking and dancing, enjoys prayer time, and attends special education classes. A speech therapist was recently hired who will be working with *Meghan and others in her home. Needs $260/month. Sponsor here.

*Melanie has CP. She loves to explore her home. She charms everyone in her home and has a prominent sense of humor – she laughs at everything! *Melanie is able to walk with little assistance, and is always going around to explore. Needs $115/month. Sponsor here.

In addition, *Melanie is listed for international adoption! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’). She is eligible for a grant through Reece’s Rainbow.

*Monica is a sweet girl who has microcephaly and a heart condition. She is a pint-sized bundle of energy and enthusiasm. Monica learned to walk independently all by herself, and can usually be found running around the house, exploring! Needs $100/month. Sponsor here.

*Naomi has Down Syndrome like *John, *Zane, and *Heidi. She is described as a shy and silly girl who loves to cuddle, make crafts, and create art. *Naomi is crazy for swimming, and wishes she could spend every waking hour in the ocean. She is quick to get to know newcomers and loves the movie Despicable Me! Needs just $50/month! Sponsor here.

In addition, *Naomi is listed for international adoption! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’). She is eligible for a grant through Reece’s Rainbow.

*Rebekah has Apert Syndrome, a disorder that causes the facial bones to fuse early and most often causes fused fingers and toes, for which she has had some intervention surgeries. She is described as a sweet little darling who loves being silly and playing with her foster sisters. Needs just $30/month more! Let’s get her fully sponsored! Sponsor here.

In addition, *Rebekah is listed for international adoption! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children’ tab on the front page of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’). She is eligible for a grant through Reece’s Rainbow.

*Sadie is described as a beautiful young lady with a quiet and gentle spirit and a developmental delay. She is happy, smiles often, and loves attending her on-site music class, where she can play musical instruments. Needs $250/month. Sponsor here.

*Serene has spastic CP, for which she uses a wheelchair, and an intellectual disability. She can be either loud and vocal, or soft and quiet! She loves attending music class where she plays the maraca, doing puzzles, playing with blocks, and coloring. Needs $225/month. Sponsor here.

*Sophia was misdiagnosed with CP. She is a sweet, young girl who actually has a developmental delay. When she first came to SCH, she cried a lot – today, she is a happy girl. She loves listening to music, dancing, and playing with her foster siblings. Needs $275/month. Sponsor here.

*Tatum 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 described as a very special and unique child who amazes everyone at SCH every day.  She is able to read and write, and communicates very well in Telegu. Needs $270/month. Sponsor here.

*Wendy has hemiplegia, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability. *Wendy uses both speech and ASL to communicate! She is one of the big sisters in her foster home at Faith, and attends an on-site vocational school where she learns to make handcrafts like bracelets, necklaces, and flower garlands. She was the first child to come to SCH! Wendy is very independent, and is almost always smiling her gorgeous smile. Needs $220/month. Sponsor here.

Fully Sponsored Children

*Annie has ataxic cerebral palsy, a developmental delay, and is nonverbal. *Annie loves music and claps her hands whenever she hears it! She always enjoys hanging out with her friends in her vocational class. She wants to be treated just like the other girls! *Annie is a wheelchair user. *Annie is currently staying at Anchor Home while she recovers from a recent bout of ill health.

*Caroline came to SCH with a cleft lip and some dental issues, which she had surgically repaired soon after. She also has CP and a seizure disorder. Prior to her abandonment, *Caroline was neglected by her birth family, causing malnourishment and developmental delay.

*Eleanor has cerebral palsy and osteomalacia. She is described as a sweet, quiet little girl who loves to sit and play with colorful toys that make noise. *Eleanor is a little bookworm; she watches her teacher intently during storytelling.

*Hannah used to have an esophageal issue, causing her to have an endearing husky voice, which has since been medically intervened. Since being at SCH, she has had strabismus surgical repair and is doing well. She is described as a very sweet and lovable young lady who has a motherly personality and enjoys keeping her foster sisters in line. *Hannah is mature, responsible, and growing into such a beautiful young lady, both inside and out.

*Kathleen is blind and has institutional autism. She is described as a sweet girl who loves to make silly noises and feel difference surfaces with her hands. *Kathleen loves to be tickled and loved on my her foster family.

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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