Today will just be a post featuring some pressing needs at SCH. Highlights for each of the cities in which SCH operates are first, followed by general needs over all homes/for multiple homes.
- Under-funding coverage, due to low sponsorship. There are currently more than 45 kids and young adults who still need partial sponsorship in the Ongole homes. Ongole homes include Faith, Truth, and Victory.
- Find volunteer opportunities for the Ongole homes here.
- Current needs: nurse, vocational program assistant, social worker, counselor, homeschool teachers, physical therapists, and houseparents. More detailed job descriptions, as well as a submission form, can be found at the link above.
- You can find out more about volunteering in general here.
- Find volunteer opportunities for the Hyderabad homes here.
- Current needs: nurse, photographer/videographer, physical therapists, houseparents. More detailed job descriptions, as well as a submission form, can be found at the link above.
- You can find out more about volunteering in general here.
- *Josie‘s surgery: *Josie, who lives at Anchor Home, needs a shunt removal and re-positioning surgery. The surgery is fully funded, and she is also fully sponsored!
- Sponsorship for the Hyderabad homes. Over 50 children and young adults need additional sponsors to attain full sponsorship. Hyderabad homes include: Anchor, Courage, Joy, Jubilee. Sign up to sponsor a child or young adult here.
- Unsponsored adults: *Felicia from Jubilee Home.
- Joy, Truth, and Victory Homes are currently in need of foster parent(s) and teachers. You can apply here, if interested.
- Support returning volunteer, Alicia, who will be transitioning in as a houseparent here.
- Read more about her upcoming journey here, at the top of the page.
- Support new housemom for Courage Teal, Taylor, by visiting her GoFundMe page here!
Large medical bill coverage
- After long hospital stays for multiple children/young adults bills need to be paid. Help cover the cost by donating here. Currently, $15,644/$25,000 has been covered, leaving $9,432 still needed. As with the previous need, updated progress is tracked on the linked page.
- The kids affected by this hospital stay were from both Hyderabad and Ongole homes, and this is a very pressing need at the moment.
One-time donations to the general fund.
- Donations to this fund are always needed, as they help cover the costs of emergencies and also go toward un-covered needs in specific homes. Donate here.
Give a 1-time donation to any home by visiting their sponsorship page.
- Click one of the names below to meet the kids of each home and make a donation.
- Anchor Home: 2 foster homes, Gold and Navy, comprised of 25 children and babies with a variety of medical needs and disabilities. The home is equipped with live-in, around-the-clock nursing staff and an elevator to help meet needs of less-mobile children. Some children at Anchor are listed for adoption.
- Courage Home: 2 foster homes, Teal and Purple, comprised of 25 children total: one of boys and young men with varying disabilities, and another that is home to children who are blind or have cerebral palsy. Each home is equipped with foster parents, caregivers, and a nurse. Courage hosts an on-site school, Anjali School for the Blind. Many children at Courage are listed for adoption.
- Faith Home: 4 foster families, comprised of about 30 girls of varying ages who have a wide range of medical and cognitive disabilities. Faith Home is equipped with nursing staff and on-site special educators/tutors. Some children at Faith are listed for adoption.
- Joy Home: two foster families, comprised of 14 girls ranging between toddler-age and young adult. The majority of our Joy Home girls attend local public schools where they learn English, math, and science, and may work with on-site tutors for school work. A few older girls attend ASB. They love to spend time playing together, and are frequently found on the trampoline. Some children at Joy are listed for adoption.
- Jubilee Home: a foster family comprised of 17 young ladies in their teens or early twenties with a range of abilities. Many of the ladies have cognitive, learning, or behavioral disabilities. They work with special educators on-site, to develop social skills and establish learning habits. The young ladies take part in a vocational program to give them some responsibility and aid in making SCH more self-sustaining.
- Truth Home: a foster family comprised of 14 young men in their pre-teens or teens with more complex medical needs, who may have cerebral palsy and use wheelchairs to get around. About half the Truth boys attend school off-site, while others receive on-site tutoring and 1-to-1 physical therapy. It was one of SCH’s first homes, closed as a majority of the children shifted to Faith, then reopened to better-accommodate the needs of the boys and young men.
- Victory Home: a foster home comprised of 19 mostly teen boys and young men with autism, who are D/deaf, or may have a varied range of other disabilities. The Victory boys and young men participate in on-site education, tutoring, and take part in a vocational program making envelopes and packaging spices to sell. One child at Victory is listed for adoption.
Cover the costs of an upcoming birthday.
- Meet the kids with birthdays this month here (this page is updated sometime in the beginning of the previous month; ex., August’s birthdays are on the page beginning early July), then sign up to sponsor their party! Suggested donation amount is $50 USD, but just $15 sponsors a cake!
Become an education sponsor.
- You can choose to become a sponsor for either for a child who attends a school in the community, or support one of 3 on-site schools here.
Donate needed items via Amazon.in wishlists.
- For Ongole, click here. Most-needed: snacks, beanbag chairs/chair fill for positioning, new bed pads, running shoes, toys/education enrichment materials, undergarments, cooking implements/appliances.
- For Hyderabad, click here. Most-needed: snacks, lice combs/treatment, USB drives for information storage and adoption-related files for eligible children, toys/education enrichment materials.
- To donate items for on-site education, click here.
- To donate materials for on-site vocational classes, click here.
- To donate toward a specific home’s foster parent wishlist, reference this post.
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! If you cannot afford to, or are not in a position to adopt or sponsor a child, there are many other ways to ensure SCH can continue to offer such a high level of care and amazing quality of life to these children. SCH relies on donations to keep running.
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 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 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. No full-face photos will be posted.