Updated November 2018!:
PD: *Sara wears a pink/white floral top. Her shoulder-length hair is pulled back by a clip on 1 side & she wears dangly earrings. You can see a hint of her dimpled smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
Medical about *Sara:
*Sara has a manageable autoimmune disease, which you can read more about on her RR profile. She takes medication daily for this illness, which she started in December 2016. She looked very sickly when she arrived, but her face has filled out and she looks much healthier now.
*Sara is an excellent student, and the only thing holding her back is that she got a late start to school. *Sara speaks Telugu (her native language) fluently, and is doing well learning spoken/written English. She can read simple chapter books in English, and is able to sound out most words she does not know. She knows multiplication facts, can add, and subtract. She is so eager to learn, loves to learn everything she can get her hands on, and enjoys working on homework with caregivers.
Other about *Sara:
*Sara has a smile that lights up any room she walks into; she has a quieter personality, but enjoys joking and laughing with people she knows well. She can be shy when meeting new people, but doesn’t take long to warm up and her smile and energetic spirit light up the room. She has a best friend in her home with whom she does everything. *Sara makes friends easily, and enjoys playing games and lending a helping hand. She likes dancing, jumping on the trampoline, and singing, as well as drawing, coloring, and doing crafts. *Sara has a very kind heart, and likes to show affection by hugging those to whom she is close. When she is upset, she likes to cuddle with a caregiver and give hugs.
*** 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***
**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 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 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.