Before I introduce you to this week’s Find Me Friday child, please take a second to learn about my sponsorship spotlight child, *Abigail! *Abigail is an adorable 8-year-old girl who loves to wear dresses and have her hair done! She has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal, but her eyes, motions, and giggle speak volumes.
Her current houseparent at Anchor Home Navy, her foster home, has shared that she will be admitted to the hospital for a surgery involving her hips, which will help promote joint mobility for *Abigail and help her move a little easier, as well as improve posture. Hopefully, the newly-donated iPad can serve as alternative communication for her in future!
*Abigail needs $220/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored. You can become her sponsor today, starting as low as $25, by clicking her name above, which is linked with her ‘about’ page on SCH’s official website! There, you can learn more about her.
Each Friday, I want to share a different child with you who is available for adoption who lives at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH), India.
While I do have a running list of all the kids who live at SCH and are listed with the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow, I’d like to expand on these excerpts and give each child their own post.
Without further ado, please meet today’s first Find Me Friday child, *Honor!
*Honor is estimated to be around age 12; her birth date was estimated when she was young, but she believes she is about 3 years older than the 2005 birth date given, and looks older than the age given. This would make her closer to 15. *Honor lives at Joy Home and is waiting for her family to find her. Read on to learn more!
PD: *Honor wears a pink & gold traditional top w/ gold earrings & black headband. Her hair is in 2 pigtails. She is smiling under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face, and you can see her giant dimples!
Medical about *Honor:
*Honor has a craniofacial disorder that she used to hide until coming to SCH, where she feels loved and accepted just as she is. She no longer shies away from cameras or people, and is confident. However, she is sensitive about her appearance and gets teased at school for the way she looks. *Honor’s vision in her right eye is affected due to her unique face shape, but she has no other disabilities.
*Honor attends a mainstream private school in her community, and also receives help from a tutor at home. She is proficient in reading and writing in English and Telugu, learning simple algebra, and is very self-driven in completing her school work. She is completely independent in self care. Her speech is also completely fluent in her local language of Telugu, and very advanced in English (she often acts as a translator between the 2 languages for visitors and foreign nationals/volunteers). *Honor is a natural-born leader, gladly taking on new challenges and opportunities whenever she is able.
Other About *Honor:
*Honor is described as a loving young lady who enjoys giving affection as much as receiving it. She loves to spend one-on-one time with others. *Honor is very sociable and loves to bring her sense of humor into most of her conversations. Her social skills are age-appropriate, and she has positive relationships with other children in her home. She has good attachments to those with whom she is close, and is affectionate with hugs to people she loves. She is positive, witty, energetic, fun-loving, a go-getter, and a hard worker. She likes to watch movies, jump on the trampoline, and make up games to play with the other children in her house. *Honor is spunky and silly and likes to dance and play games. She has competed and won medals in the Special Olympics, competing in the partially-blind category for running! She loves to run.
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant***
*Honor is fully-sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Honor in the past here.
**Please note: Many other children at SCH are also available for adoption, and you can find a list at the top of this blog under the drop down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’ using the drop-down option ‘Waiting Children’. If you are from the US, you could adopt any eligible waiting child under the age of 16 (up to age 18 in some places outside the US – check with your local government to learn more.)
For more information regarding adoption from India in general, you can visit this site. It is the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Ministry of Women & Child Development.
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.
*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.
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!