Update March 2019:
*Cara’s (who is named Suma) adoption has been finalized, and she is home in America with her mama Malea, a former volunteer at SCH, and their dachshund Melo ^_^
Update November 2018:
*Cara’s surgery was a success! She is now in recovery. If you’d still like to give to a medical cause, you can click here to donate to the general medical fund.
*Cara is a sassy, recently-turned-3-year-old with colostomy prolapse, a complicated intestinal issue which has undergone the beginning stages of surgeries meant to correct it, and now requires additional surgery to reconstruct. She loves to be the center of attention and give speech lessons 😉 . *Cara is always correcting people when they use the incorrect word for an object!
According to her foster mom:
*Cara needs a reconstruction surgery that will be intense, and complicated, and has been pushed off by doctors in the past. But now is the time. Now we are ready. Now SHE is ready. … This surgery is the first step to getting *Cara continent and more independent. This surgery will allow her to eventually attend school more freely. … It will allow her to relate more easily to her peers.
I encourage you to go read the blog post, and if you’d like, subscribe to Brittany’s blog for more updates on each of the kids who live at Anchor Gold, including *Cara!
Though *Cara is fully sponsored for her general and educational needs, other kids at SCH still need help reaching their full sponsorship amount, which can range from $300 to $500 depending on the complexity of their needs and also considering where they live (in Ongole (more rural), or in Hyderabad (more urban), where the cost of living is higher). Read on to find out how to help support SCH further.
You can sponsor a child 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 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.