Hi friends, I’m writing today about a very special girl! Her online name is *Rhoda (learn more about her by following the provided link) and she is pretty amazing. She’s a tiny 16-year-old who is packed with energy, giggles, and tons of fun. She has a diagnosis of autism and epilepsy, for which she takes medication. *Rhoda lives at Jubilee Home where she attends on-site school and participates in many activities. She has a rich cultural heritage that stems from her background as a member of a local indigenous tribe. After a long hospital stay and fighting multiple serious illnesses, it was determined that *Rhoda will need a g-tube to help supplement her nutrition – you can read about why this is necessary in the Facebook excerpt below.
Please consider giving toward *Rhoda’s g-tube by following this link.
You can also help pay medical bills associated with *Rhoda’s hospital care here.
PD: *Rhoda, sitting outside w/ blue sky in the background, drinking from a small steel glass w/ her black hair in a high bun, wearing a red shirt that says ‘you are so loved’ in a heart, in white.
*Rhoda also needs monthly sponsors. She needs $300/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully-sponsored. Read the paragraph at the bottom of this page to learn more about sponsorship and find out what other ways you can support SCH. Sponsorship helps SCH keep funds that come in through the General Fund going toward things like Indian staff pay, emergencies, hospital stays, and urgent needs.
Sign up to sponsor *Rhoda at any amount here!
Shared by former volunteer foster mom Katie on Facebook:
PD: A cropped photo of *Rhoda’s face. Her ear sticks out of her wild, jet black, wispy hair, & her faint tattoos by her ear are visible. She is wearing a black & white cold shoulder top.
*Rhoda is a gem. A precious gem. Recently, *Rhoda spent time in the ICU for pneumonia and other complications. I thank God that she is home and continuing to recover with her loved ones.
It was determined during her stay in the hospital that she will need a g-tube placed to assist in feeding and accessing proper nutrition. With a g-tube, the hope is that *Rhoda’s body will be able to continue to grow stronger and that she will be able to make progress in many other areas because of this. This feeding tube will be part of her long-term care in supplement to her oral eating.
The total cost of the g-tube and surgery will be $1,500. The sooner that Rhoda’s body is fully healed and we have the money raised, she will have her surgery.
A g-tube will ensure that *Rhoda doesn’t have future issues with accidental aspiration, which can lead to sickness. It will also help her maintain a healthy weight, as stated above.
Please consider donating toward this need if you can! Any amount is helpful. Let’s make a difference to this one! Here is the link again.
Another thing you can do to help is provide Pediasure! *Rhoda loves drinking it, and it aids in her nutrition and proper development, providing nutrients she may not otherwise receive through her traditional diet.
Provide *Rhoda with Pediasure (a treat that she enjoys and also helps her maintain a healthy weight) via Amazon.in here.
Some other ladies at Jubilee Home also enjoy Pediasure daily! When you provide a case for *Rhoda, it helps other young ladies out with their nutrition, too. (Note: you must have a separate Amazon account for Amazon India in order to place an order. It’s free, easy, and takes just a few moments!)
To read more of what I’ve written about *Rhoda in the past, type her name into the search bar of my blog! Thanks for partnering with SCH.
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 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!