Updated March 2018:
*Sam‘s surgery has been fully-funded! After this fundraiser, another was started for *Sam’s foster brother, *Barnabas, who also has CP and would benefit from weight gain. That surgery was fully funded, as well! Over $1,500 was raised for each procedure, which will be scheduled soon.
*Sam still needs sponsors! He needs $80/month in additional funds to be fully sponsored. Sign up to give monthly here.
Sponsors get quarterly updates about the kids they sponsor (that’s 4 times per year!), which includes a small end-of-year gift in December.
*Sam’s former foster dad, Nathan, says via Facebook:
“*Sam has been living at Courage for a full week as of tomorrow, and he has already been opening up so much. Spending one on one time with *Sam, I am seeing how much potential for goals (especially with his motor skills) are absolutely achievable. Unfortunately, most of *Sam’s strength and energy are spent attempting to eat each of his meals; leaving him exhausted. This is why getting him surgery for a feeding tube (G-tube) is so important.
It will: A. help *Sam gain some much needed weight, and B. leave him his strength and energy for important development and personal growth.
We are about 1/3 of the way to being fully funded for *Sam’s G-tube surgery! Thank you to all who have given!! It will truly make a gigantic difference in Sam’s quality of life!”
*Sam’s former foster dad, Nathan, of Courage Teal is pursuing a feeding tube (g-tube) to improve *Sam’s nutrition and therefore his quality of life! *Sam will have some additional ongoing surgical needs that will be being addressed soon, and a g-tube will help him reach and maintain the proper weight to undergo surgery. I don’t have any photos of *Sam, but I can assure you he’s a cutie! *Sam loves to be held and talked to, and is described as having the cutest little giggle. He has a couple disabilities, some of which require surgical intervention. But he’s got to be healthy, first!
PD: *Palmer wears a black, red, & white striped polo. He is wearing an Indian flag pin & has a huge smile on his face. A graphic covers part of his face to protect his identity, and reads ‘Palmer is turning 11!”
Also, don’t forget about *Palmer’s birthday gift – the gift of sponsorship! *Palmer still resides at Truth Home, with 11 foster brothers. I’m trying to get him fully sponsored by our shared birth date, January 20. That’s 11 days from now, and I know we can do it!
*Palmer needs $185/month more to be fully sponsored. Learn more here. Sign up to sponsor *Palmer here.
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 the city in which they live (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 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.