Update January 2018:
From her sponsorship page:
*Sarita is our little giggle box. This munchkin loves to laugh at anything and everything. She has been working with our physical therapist on her independent sitting, both on her bottom and on her knees. She is a diva, though! There are days where she is absolutely not having it and refuses to sit up. Other days, she just thinks it’s hilarious to slowly fall over and give up. She is a hoot. She participates in preschool, and is learning to work on communication through adaptive switch devices. She is an incredibly intelligent child. Did I mention she loves to laugh? Because every night at bedtime, she will laugh until her laughs are silent, stop for a breath, and laugh some more. We at Anchor Gold love every bit of her quirky personality, too.
I’m writing this post today to tell you about a brand-new child who has just come to SCH! She lives at Anchor Home Gold and arrived in August 2017. She was 7 years old, but weighed just 22 lbs (under the 3rd percentile for her age), due to malnutrition caused by a repaired cleft lip and palate that may be partially repaired, but needs revision. She was called ‘Baby S’ until she gained some sponsors, who voted on her online name, *Sarita!
Learn more about *Sarita by reading this post, written by one of her former foster moms, Colleen. Anchor Gold will need some help getting *Sarita settled! If you would like to follow her story further, you will need to subscribe to Colleen’s blog, as some of her posts are password-protected in order to safeguard her identity, as is required by the Indian government.
You can also subscribe to Colleen’s co-foster mom Brittany’s blog and follow along with the story here.
Both ladies also have email newsletter updates, for which you can subscribe to follow along with their family monthly. You can find these resources on each of their respective blogs.
Here is a quick-reference guide detailing the ways you can help:
“We are so glad that we have [*Sarita] in our care! There are several ways that everyone can pitch in and help her transition into Anchor Gold.
1. Prayer! We need to cover [*Sarita] in prayer! Her health, her current medical needs, and most importantly that we can reunite her with her family. She was recently relinquished due to a change in her family situation, but we are praying for doors to open and the possibility of reuniting her, if it is a safe situation for everyone involved!
2. Becoming a monthly sponsor! [*Sarita] needs $0/month to cover her daily needs. Sponsorship can start as low as $25/month! This includes a loving caregiver, nutritious food, medicine, doctors visits, and a safe home. Sponsors receive 4 updates a year and are able to watch their sponsor child grow and thrive!
Click Here to Sponsor *Sarita NEED COVERED!
3. Donating to her one-time needs. New kids are expensive. There’s no way around that. We have to do many tests and doctors’ visits that cost money.
Click Here to Donate
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 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!
*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.