SCH’s most-pressing need at the moment is air conditioning units. They desperately need these as temperatures climb to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (or over 37 degrees Celsius).
Faith Home needs one unit, Truth Home needs 4 units, and Victory Home needs 3 units. The total needed for 8 units is close to $5,000. Learn more about why this is an important matter by reading on below.
Current volunteer Katie says:
Today by 9 AM, it felt like 117 degrees F in Ongole. By 1 PM, it feels like 121 degrees F. 121 y’all. This is where we desperately need your help.
We have three homes in Ongole that are in tremendous need of air conditioners. They need a total of 8 more to have one in every room that children sleep in. In the hottest months, it usually feels about 10 to 15 degrees hotter because of the humidity so they are looking at about 110 or higher every day now.
Many of the children and young adults in our care have difficulty regulating their body temperatures due to different factors. The girls and young women still have to dress culturally appropriate in leggings or pants that cover their ankles and a long top with at least short sleeves. It’s hot y’all. It would mean so much if you considered supporting this purchase to help our kids for years to come.
(original post with photo here)
House Parent Fundraising
Taylor, a volunteer who worked with SCH in January, will be transitioning back to SCH soon as a house parent! To support her goal and help her get set for her journey, you can donate on her GoFundMe page here!
In other news, there have been lots of transitions lately at SCH!
In Courage Purple, the family said goodbye to *Teagan, who was adopted! She now has a mommy, daddy, brother, and 2 sisters!
From *Teagan’s foster moms:
We are praising God for bringing *Teagan together with her Mommy, Daddy, brother, and two sisters who were also adopted from India (who are in the US eagerly awaiting her arrival). I am grateful for His timing and so happy Deepa and I were able to still be here in India to help her transition. Yesterday we prayed over *Teagan and her parents and hugged her goodbye with tears in our eyes. I couldn’t help but think back on the teensy tiny little lady who we met 2 years ago. It has been an honour to have been able to love and care for her for the past two years and to watch her grow into the strong, sassy, smart, hilarious girl she is today.
It is always the best feeling being able to watch the kids that I love hold hands with their new parents and start a life together as family, the way it should be. Our home was quiet last night as everyone processed our new normal without T, but our hearts are at peace knowing all the good things God has in store for her as she experiences life in a family. Teagers, we love you!
PD: *Teagan stands outside, wearing blue traditional Indian clothing with gold trim and a gold bow in her side-braid. She is looking at the camera & smiling her sweet smile, with her front tooth missing! Stars are imposed over her eyes to protect her identity.
Courage Purple said farewell to long-term volunteer Nikki, who has worked and lived at SCH for 5 years, and her adopted daughter Deepa, as the pair transitioned to Canada, where Nikki is originally from. They will miss the pair, but know that this is in Deepa and Nikki’s best interest.
PD: Nikki is sitting on the balcony wearing a long top and leggings, holding Deepa’s hand. Deepa is standing, wearing a pink and white traditional Indian 2-piece outfit with gold details. Her hair is in 2 high pigtails. Nikki is smiling at Deepa and Deepa is smiling at the camera.
They said hello to their newest family member, *Georgie! *Georgie needs $114 in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored. You can sign up to sponsor this sweet boy by clicking his name, which is linked to his homepage on SCH’s official website, or sign up to donate directly here. You can also give a one-time donation at that link, toward his care in the interim until he is fully sponsored! *Georgie is described as a great little boy who loves to laugh and giggle. SCH are excited to get to see him blossom under their care! He is 3 years old, and has a visual impairment. He also has a birthday coming up on May 31 – you can give toward that need here!
PD 1: A close up photo of *Georgie’s face shows his sweet little hand clasped into a fist and rubbing his eye. You can see his eyelashes and little nose.
PD 2: *Georgie wears a plaid shirt. His hands are tucked behind his head & his chunky cheeks are resting against his arms as he laughs. A white rectangle is imposed over his eyes & *”Georgie” is written over top in blue handwritten font.
In other Courage Purple news, *Mae is spending a few weeks with her biological father and sister! The goal is to strengthen their bond and acclimate all to having *Mae hopefully transition back into her biological home full-time. Please keep them in your thoughts or pray if you feel led, that they would be successful in whichever outcome is the most beneficial to *Mae and her family.
PD: *Mae is wearing her black school uniform dress w/ yellow sailor collar & has a yellow matching bow in her hair. She is smiling & tossing her arms in the air. There is a yellow star covering her face, & lines drawn over her head that look like a shining sun.
PD 1: a zoomed-in picture shows *Molly’s 2 feet poking out from her leg casts.
PD 2: *Molly leans against a wall wearing a sequined black dress & leggings w/ a black flower in shoulder-length hair. She has a brilliant smile, visible below the star covering her eyes to protect her identity.
From Courage Teal, *Ethan and *Milo are in the process of transitioning back into the home with their biological parents!
You can give a one-time donation to Courage Home here.
Sign up to sponsor any of the girls by clicking their names to be redirected to their individual sponsorship page.
Volunteer house parent Colleen has transitioned back into her home in the US, and Karlie has taken her place at Anchor Home! You can follow Karlie here. Also, use this link to subscribe to updates: follow Karlie!
Also, you can give a one-time donation to Anchor Home here.
Faith Home welcomed *Leah (needs $275/month), *Rebekah (needs $30/month), and *Naomi (needs $50/month) from Jubilee and Joy Homes in Hyderabad! We are praying for a smooth transition for the girls, the other children already in the home, and the staff as they welcome these amazing girls into their homes.
Sign up to sponsor any of the girls by clicking their names above to be redirected to their individual sponsorship pages.
PD: *Leah & *Rebekah outside w/ arms around each another, resting their heads together. Both girls have big smiles & their hair pulled back from their faces into single braids. Both wear patterned shirts & have stars over their eyes to protect their identities.
PD: *Naomi, sitting on the marble floor during her class in Ongole. She is wearing a red kurta & jeans. Her black hair is braided with one front braid meeting w/ a single braid down her back.
*Rebekah and *Naomi are both listed for adoption through WACAP adoption agency via Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’ at the top of my blog, under the tab ‘Waiting Children’! Both girls are eligible for an Older Child Grant through RR, for which eligible parents can apply when committing to adopt. More information is available at their website here.
Faith Home recently welcomed a new house parent, Krystle! You can sign up to follow her blog (once it is officially launched – it is currently under construction!) here. At the site, you can also give toward Krystle’s living expenses while she is serving in India.
You can give a one-time donation to Faith Home here.
*Susan‘s g-tube placement surgery is fully-funded! However, she was hospitalized for a short time due to a sickness and racked up a large bill. Learn how you can donate toward the cost of this and other recent urgent hospitalisations by reading on.
*SUSAN’S SURGERY UPDATE
After some complications, the money has been processed and is ready for us to use! We will begin discussing the best times for her g-tube surgery to be completed.
In the meantime, we still have a huge need in our medical fund from the March medical bills. About $1,500 of that money needed is for Susan’s bill but total our need is just over $11,000 still.
Please consider helping SCH clear this bill! [Link below]
PD: a 2-photo collage. On the L, *Susan sits in her wheelchair wearing a floral top w/ her hair half-up. She has a big smile. On the R, *Susan is standing, being supported by her foster mom w/ a huge grin on her face, wearing a floral dress & patterned leggings. Her half-up hair sticks straight up in a ponytail! In both photos, a heart covers her eyes to protect her identity. Photo credit: Katie N.
Katie (pictured above) is Jubilee Home’s newest house parent! If you’re on Instagram, you can request to follow her here.
Sarah’s Covenant Homes is currently in need of volunteers for various positions, such as the one shared in this status from SCH’s Facebook page (below):
Frequently, we have been talking about volunteering with our organization, and today we want to illuminate some of our needs in a very open and honest way.
India is beautiful. We see it everyday; we see it in the way the sun ripens our skin, the way small breezes shuffle through our halls and homes, the way Telugu echoes melodies, the way lurching autos pull us further into city clamor. Our lives are beautiful here–uncommonly blessed by the air we breathe, the hands we know, the hearts we find.
But sometimes, we must acknowledge the hard truth that even for all its beauty and the generous goodness tucked away in moments and around corners, India can be a hard, unrelenting place for our children.
Recently, 7 of the school-age girls who live at Joy Home were expelled from school because of a discriminatory policy and an administration that unjustly stigmatizes and further marginalizes them. These girls were ostracized within their classrooms; ignored. Eventually, they were all rejected once again, with bitterness and yelling. The next day, their bus simply didn’t show up. Exams that had been studied for were never written. Homework was never corrected. Notebooks left half-filled.
These girls are not welcome in school, and we cannot stand to watch them go without education.
This is a difficult post to share, because it is hard to find victory over this situation quite yet. Right now, we are in the midst of surprise, of upheaval in-process, of dust settling. But we know that this story isn’t finished. There is redemption to be found; new possibilities to be created. So, we are inviting you into our steps forward as we work tirelessly to take this heartbreak and create better things from its ashes. We are looking for volunteers to come and serve alongside our current teaching staff and the Joy Home House Parents to ensure that this discrimination does not limit the opportunities they have to learn and grow. We invite you to come join us, serving as a educator and encourager for these girls in a new chapter of their lives.
Visit the link below or message us directly [on Facebook] to find out more about serving as a teacher with SCH for 6 months to 1 year. We can personally testify to the powerful impact serving these children will have in their life and in your heart -it is so, so worth it.
Submit a form to volunteer here.
Tag a friend in this post or share it with someone! Small steps like this can be ripples that turn to waves for good and beautiful change in the course of our children’s lives.
(original post with photo 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 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.