Update June 2019:
*Ainsley and *Piper have both been adopted, are home with their forever families! The girls were both at SCH for a year or less.
*Izzy is still listed for adoption with Reece’s Rainbow! Find the link to her RR sponsorship page here.
Update September 2018:
*Piper (adopted!) is finally at Courage Home!
Courage Home Purple has grown once again! Two little girls have come to the home from a government orphanage. Their online names are *Ainsley and *Izzy! *Ainsley is 3 years old (she will be 4 in August!) and it is suspected that she may have cerebral palsy, like some of her fellow foster siblings. She replaces *Georgie as the official baby of the home, but just by a little! *Izzy is 6 years old (she will be 7 in August!) and it is also suspected that she may have cerebral palsy. *Izzy has been practicing standing and walking using Merissa’s daughter Divya’s walker! She has also received her first pair of AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics) to help position her ankles and feet properly when she works on walking! Both girls have burgeoning personalities chock-full of surprises!
As the girls settle into their new home, they’ll need some extra support! Read on below to find out more about each girl and how you can help them transition into the home.
The first way you can help the girls settle in is by purchasing needed items from Merissa and Lydia’s foster home wish list! The list can be found here.
Most-needed items: clothing, educational toys, potty steps, diaper wipes, hair accessories. Note that to purchase items from Amazon.in, you will need to have an account on the site that is separate from the Amazon US site. It’s super-easy, and definitely worth signing up! It’s free, as well.
In addition to the Amazon wishlists, you can also give toward *Izzy and/or *Ainsley’s birthday(s) here! If you give a donation toward the birthday program in any amount, you will receive an email featuring birthday parties for the children who are turning another year older that month! Suggested donation is $50 for a party, cake, decorations, and a gift for each birthday child.
Help the girls celebrate their first birthdays at CHP!
Another way you can help is by becoming a monthly sponsor for one (or both!) of the girls!
“Each child in our care needs $350/month in sponsorship so that we can provide them with everything they need. Child sponsorship is a cornerstone in our operation because it provides for our children’s daily needs of food, shelter, medicine, education, safety, and so much more. It also is the basis of our staff salaries – our caregivers, teachers, therapists and nurses – the people who will tend to each child beyond their physical needs. Child sponsorship is one incredibly beautiful way to nurture a child in their physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs.”
All about *Ainsley, from SCH’s official Facebook page:
“We are excited to officially introduce you to this pint-size goofball who just joined our Courage Home family! There is a lot of personality packed into this tiny little pea-mite.
Each and everyday we learn more and more about this june-bug, and each day we fall more and more in love with her. We can’t help but fall into laughter each time *Ainsley wiggles her eyebrows at us before leaning her cheek in for a quick kiss. Or each time she waves goodbye when we bring over her toothbrush to her – an activity we would not describe as her favorite.
In the weeks since her arrival at SCH, she has become increasingly vocal – babbling a few words and echoing common phrases in Telugu. She has also picked up on some sign language and is loving class activities – especially parachute time!
She is a nut, a goofball, a perfect little sweetheart and our days with her are abundantly blessed with perfect joy and laughter.”
All about *Izzy, from SCH’s official Facebook page:
“This bright and bubbly six-year-old is one of our newest additions to Courage Home!
*Izzy came on June 30th with *Ainsley to join the Courage Purple family. Both of these girls have taken hold of our hearts completely, and we feel full of absolute joy to see them and love them and protect them each day forward.
Our girl *Izzy is a beautiful wonder. She has mesmerizing, deep brown eyes and a rolling laugh that makes our hearts swell. *Izzy is smart and kind, snuggly and warm. Bright and vivacious, this girl is constantly effervescing joy and always greeting each new day with excitement and bravery and strength.
Since coming to SCH, *Izzy has grown so much more comfortable and confident in her new home. Since coming, she has learned some words in sign language and is gaining independence with things such as feeding and brushing her teeth. She also received her first pair of AFOs (ankle braces) and has been practicing walking with a walker. We are so excited to watch her continue to learn and grow!”
There is a final way you can help Courage Home Purple become complete!
Merissa, Lydia, and the family are still waiting to bring *Piper, another girl who lived at the same orphanage as *Ainsley and *Izzy, home! Please join them in praying if you feel led, and keeping *Piper in your thoughts until she is able to transition into the home, hopefully soon!
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 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.