*Barnabas Needs a G-Tube

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

Updated 3/8/18: *Barnabas‘ feeding tube placement surgery was fully funded! Now, his foster father will begin the process of getting him scheduled to have the procedure. $1,500 was raised for this surgery through generous donations from people like you!

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Here I am again, asking you for help in securing another feeding tube placement surgery for a sweet, sweet boy in India!

*Barnabas is a teeny-tiny 13-year-old boy who is full of curiosity and mischief! *Barnabas is new to Courage Home Teal, just as foster brothers *Sam and *Jeff. *Sam’s g-tube placement surgery was fully funded and successful, so now it’s Barnabas’ turn!

Kids with cerebral palsy sometimes have a difficult time gaining and keeping on weight, because their metabolisms can be so high! *Barnabas is also a very active little boy, so this surgery will benefit him especially. I can’t wait to see him fill out! As you can see in the photo below, he’s very, very skinny due to his high metabolism and difficulty eating by mouth. This surgery doesn’t prevent him from being about to eat by mouth, but offers a way for him to receive additional calories. It’s all about options for this guy!

“Would you help Barnabas increase the quality of his life by donating to his g-tube surgery fund? We are looking for $1,500 to pay for the surgery, as well as the g-tubes and other expenses that come along with it!”

*Barnabas is fully sponsored!

From *Barnabas’ sponsorship page:

*Barnabas is a quiet boy who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He doesn’t try to get attention right away but rewards those who seek him out with beautiful smiles. *Barnabas enjoys car rides, bouncing on a big therapy ball, and sitting in the water at the beach as waves come by. Barnabas scoots around to explore his surroundings.

This surgery will continue to improve *Barnabas’ quality of life. It’ll make sure he can receive enough nutrients, even if he isn’t getting enough via mouth due to feeding difficulties. Healthy kids are happy kids!

PD: *Barnabas sits on a beanbag chair w/ legs folded. He's wearing a wide-striped polo t-shirt & dark shorts; his hands are curled toward his face. 1 thumb is in his mouth, w/ 1 hand supported by the other.
*Barnabas sitting in a beanbag! Photo credit: Nathan S.

PD: *Barnabas sits on a beanbag chair w/ legs folded. He’s wearing a wide-striped polo t-shirt & dark shorts; his hands are curled toward his face. 1 thumb is in his mouth, w/ 1 hand supported by the other.

Thanks for helping to support *Barnabas! To learn about other ways you can help, here are some resources.

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 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.

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PD: SCH’s logo. Features ‘SCH’ in lower case, with ‘sarah’s covenant homes’ written out below. 2 heart-shaped balloons emit from the name.

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