Birthday Wishes

PD: A girl stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari that is hot pink, blue, & gold w/ paisley accents & sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles.

I am going to be 27 years old in 2 weeks. I’ll have a day off work (since it will be a Saturday). Perhaps I’ll spend time with friends and/or family. I may even go out to dinner with my husband, have a dessert, or see a movie.

Half-way across the world, another person will be having another birthday on January 20th. His online-shareable name is *Palmer. He will most likely have a small gathering with his caregivers and foster brothers, and he may receive a small gift and have some cake. But *Palmer lives at SCH, which is a non-profit organization focusing on rescuing abandoned persons with disabilities, as well as supporting people with disabilities and their families in the local community. You can learn more about their growing, changing mission here.

Being a non-profit, SCH relies on donors to help them support the kids and young adults in their care. The current way to do so is to try to provide sponsorship of $300-$500/month per person, as well as collecting general donations (which you can explore at the bottom of this post), partnering with individuals and businesses, and utilizing volunteers to serve as foster parents, nurses, teachers, and other staff. They also hire caregivers and staff from the local community, who are supported by the general fund as well.

Palmer lives at Truth Home with his 10 foster brothers and their caregivers! There were previously 13 boys in the home, but three have recently moved into Courage Home Teal with foster dad Nathan: *Sam (needs $90 more/month), *Jeff (fully sponsored!), and *Barnabas (fully sponsored!); clicking their names will take you to their sponsorship page, where you can donate to their care monthly.

I love this photo below because *Palmer’s smile is so impossibly big!

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A birthday banner I made for *Palmer’s 11th birthday. Photo credit: SCH India (edited by me)

PD: *Palmer stands in front of a low wall w/ the city behind him, cheesing big for the camera, wearing a gray button-down. A sunglasses sticker w/ blue sky, sea, palm tree, clouds, & sun in the lenses covers his eyes to protect his identity. “Happy Birthday” is written at bottom left.

*Palmer will be turning 11 years old on January 20. *Palmer is described as a playful, fun, and active boy, bursting with energy. *Palmer has autism and loves to be challenged, does really great in school, and loves to do activities like play tag or engage in some coloring! He has a radiant smile, beautiful dark hair, and brown eyes.

I would love to see him be fully sponsored by our birthday! He needs $200/month more in additional sponsorship funds. You can sign up to sponsor him at any amount per month (the smallest suggested monthly donation is $10, but you can contact SCH if you need to give less); however, suggested donations are $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200/month.

Here (click to be re-directed) is his Kindful donation page! Will you partner with me and SCH to try to get *Palmer fully sponsored by January 20? That’s just 14 days from now, but I know we can do it!

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Another banner I made for *Palmer’s birthday. Photo credit: SCH India, edited by me

PD: *Palmer has a short haircut & is wearing a black/red/white polo w/ a small Indian flag pinned to his shirt. *Palmer has a huge smile! There is a graphic over his eyes which reads, “Palmer is turning 11!”

You can also donate toward *Palmer’s home here! Donations cover the cost of everyday expenses, like monthly rent, food bills, building upkeep, and general medical expenses. Click here to learn more about Truth Home. Truth Home is in need of a foster parent or parents! You an apply to become one here. But first, read this (click the link to be redirected) summary of what it takes to be a house parent.

Looking for other ways to support SCH? Read on!

An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsorship 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!

Also, here is the link to SCH’s general fund. In addition, you can give a one-time donation to any home by visiting each home’s landing page on SCH’s official website, under the heading “Meet Our Kids”!

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.

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.

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