Nikki and Merissa’s home, Courage Home Purple, is currently going through some changes in terms of sponsorship level. Some sponsors have had to cancel their giving for personal reasons, so now they are looking for individuals to step up and cover the need! Below is a list of the kids at Courage Purple who are now requiring additional sponsorship funds. Read more about Courage Purple on this blog by searching the name in my tags. Read more about Courage Home in general (CH currently contains 3 foster homes) by searching that term in the tags.
*Nolan needs $20/month. Sponsor here.
Nolan is d/Deaf and has a cochlear implant, which provides atmospheric sound to his brain through magnets. Though Nolan will not be able to use the CIs to understand speech, they do help him orient himself as well as improve his awareness. He uses ASL and BSL to communicate with his foster moms, along with using an augmentative communication device (ProLoQuo2Go, an iPad app where his moms, and in the future Nolan, can program words, phrases, and even sentences in order to communicate with those who do not sign). He also has cerebral palsy, which mostly affects his legs and jaw. Nolan attends classes at ASB, where he learns academics at his own education level, as well as life skills.
I unfortunately do not have any shareable photos of Nolan at this time, but I can tell you, he is very handsome! He has beautiful, expressive brown eyes and dark brown hair with a trendy haircut.
*Mae needs $50/month. Sponsor here.
Mae is blind and used to attend ASB, but now attends a mainstream school in the community, where she attends without an aide (the first child in the home to attend school in the community without a helper!). Other children who are blind have graduated from this school and become successful, productive members of society, and one even works for Microsoft! A big job like this could be something in Mae’s future if she continues being sponsored. Mae uses a guide cane to get around and is learning Braille at home. A portion of Mae’s monthly sponsorship also goes toward her school fees, as Indian schools charge for attendance.
*Teagan needs $25/month. Sponsor here.
Teagan attends a local mainstream school in the community and often works alongside Selah (who attends ASB on-site during the day) after school to develop the skills she learns there, as they are at a similar educational level. They are working on their ABCs, counting, and so much more! A portion of Teagan’s monthly sponsorship also goes toward her school fees, as Indian schools charge for attendance. Teagan is super-curious, and is at that quirky stage of life where she likes to interact with adults. Her foster moms report that she will sometimes walk up when adults are having a conversation and ask, “Hi guys, what are you doing?” She loves playing with the family’s cat, Sarabi, who is currently pregnant with kittens.
*Dinah needs $25/month. Sponsor here.
Dinah attends ASB and takes classes designed to teach her life skills, personal care skills, academics at her educational level, and so-on. She knows her entire daily routine and likes to stick to it! She has nystagmus, an eye condition which cases her eyeballs to shake involuntarily. She does daily eye exercises to help strengthen her vision, as nystagmus can cause low vision due to focusing difficulties. In addition, Dinah has mild diplegic cerebral palsy. Dinah is thriving and has the most beautiful, long brown hair! Her caregiver loves to create elaborate braided hairstyles in her hair, which always look stunning. Dinah works very hard, and has recently become more comfortable interacting with grass (she hasn’t been a fan, since there isn’t much grass in Hyderabad for her to experience)! During a recent trip to a neighborhood park, Dinah crawled all the way up a grassy hill by herself! This is a major accomplishment, because gross motor skills don’t come as easily to Dinah as they might for other kids.
In addition to the individual kids, requiring monthly sponsorship, ASB could benefit from additional sponsors in the first place, but a particular sponsor will be having to cancel their sponsorship soon, and they give $50/month toward the school.
Can you help cover this need? Pledge your sponsorship here. ASB will also benefit from any additional sponsors who are available.
You can sponsor another child at SCH by using the resources found here. You can offer a sponsorship for any child, school, or general fund for as low as $10/month. 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.