A Very Merry SCH Christmas!


Photo credit: SCH India

PD: *Alina sits in her wheelchair w/ her head tossed back & a huge grin! #Gi<3ingTuesday is written on a banner over her eyes (the ‘v’ in ‘giving’ is a heart).

UPDATED 12/17

If you’ve just stumbled upon my post, welcome! If you’ve been here before, welcome back!

In honor of today, Giving Tuesday 2018, this post will be a compilation as to how you can help Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH) have the “BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!” In addition to the yearly Christmas Catalog, I will also be linking to specific homes’ wishlists and other ways to give. There are so many opportunities to help out this Giving Tuesday, as well as far into the upcoming holiday season! Read on to learn more.

If you are curious as to how SCH got started, you can read all about that here! You can also visit the home page for much, much more information.

Also, don’t forget about those December birthdays! To refresh your memory, refer to this post.

PD: *Nolan swings on a red swing at a park, looking away from the camera. He's wearing a blue shirt, shorts, & bandanna, w/ orange sandals.
*Nolan! Photo Credit: Nikki C./Merissa H.

PD: *Nolan swings on a red swing at a park, looking away from the camera. He’s wearing a blue shirt, shorts, & bandanna, w/ orange sandals.

One of the first ways you can help is by supporting SCH’s Christmas Catalog!

Part 1: Hyderabad Giving

  • To donate a gift to a child in a Hyderabad home (Anchor, Courage, Jubilee, Joy), click here! NEED FULFILLED!
  • To donate a gift to a caregiver or staff member in a Hyderabad home, click here! 0/88 gifts are currently still needed. NEED FULFILLED!
  • Lastly, to donate toward the Hyderabad Christmas program and party, click here! NEED FULFILLED! 

Part 2: Ongole Giving

  • To donate a gift to a child in an Ongole home (Faith, Truth, Victory), click here! NEED FULFILLED!
  • To donate a gift to a caregiver or staff member in an Ongole home, click here! 0/56 gifts are currently still needed. NEED FULFILLED! 
  • Lastly, to donate toward the Ongole Christmas program and party, click here! NEED FULFILLED! 

If you are looking for other, more general ways to donate, read on!

Firstly, to make a donation that will continue throughout the next year, consider Child Sponsorship!

  • Find a list of completely unsponsored kids here.
  • Find a list of partially sponsored kids here.
  • Find a list of fully-sponsored kids here.

Child sponsorship ensures each child has proper nutrition and food staffing, access to medical care and necessary devices, clean, nice clothes and other necessities, loving caregivers, and many other benefits. When children are sponsored, more funds that come into the General Fund can go towards things like emergency situations, home upkeep, or other unexpected costs. You can sponsor a child at any cost per month, from as low as $15/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $500 per child, depending on complexity of needs and which city they live (Ongole or Hyderabad).

PD: *Susan sits in her wheelchair, looking down while her arms rest on the armrests. She wears a denim dress & gray leggings.
Photo credit: Katie N.

PD: *Susan sits in her wheelchair, looking down while her arms rest on the armrests. She wears a denim dress & gray leggings.

There is also home sponsorship! Read on to learn more!

To sponsor an entire home monthly, or to give a one time donation to a specific home, refer to the ‘Meet Our Kids‘ tab (click the link provided here to be redirected!). Choose a specific home. At the top of the home’s page, there will be a button to ‘Give to (X) Home’, which you can choose, and then set up a single, or repeating donation in the following step.

To provide a medical sponsorship, click here.

From the website:

One of our largest needs is our ongoing need for medical treatment. Be it for x-rays or medicine, a routine check up or emergency surgery, the need for quality medical care is ever-present and constant. Some months, medical bills can quickly rack up to $10,000.

It takes a village to raise a child. As a medical sponsor, you are a part of our village. You get the unique opportunity to have a first hand look into the lives of our children and young adults. You get to see how your support literally transforms their lives – sometimes from the brink of death to vibrant life.

To provide an educational sponsorship, click here.

Educational sponsors can choose to donate toward the operating costs of an on-site school, or a specific off-site school tuition.

  • On-site schools:
  • Anjali School for the Blind (ASB) out of Courage Home
  • Little Lights Special School out of Anchor Home
  • New Horizons School out of Jubilee and Faith Homes
  • A currently-unnamed independent vocational program at Victory Home
    • From the Victory Home page (linked above): “Our older boys and young men take part in a vocational program where they make envelopes and package spices to be able to sell as a sustainability project. Our Victory boys and young men participate in on-site education and tutoring.”
  • Child-specific home tutoring

From the education page:

Sending a child to school can cost between $65 to $100 a month dependent on the school and grade level. This covers the cost of uniforms, books, supplies, tuition, and transportation to and from school. By joining the education sponsorship team you can invest in the future of a child. Sponsorship starts as low as $25 a month. By becoming a education sponsor, you are making a brighter future for our kids.

In India, being able to attend school is a privilege, rather than a right like in some countries. Being both an orphan and a child with [a disability], it is even more have the opportunity for an education. Your monthly support ensures every one of our children is able to have that privilege. The chance to learn and develop life skills is crucial, especially for children with special needs. Being able to attend school gives our children a sense of pride and accomplishment. We set goals to allow consistent improvement while instilling a sense of value and purpose. Simply being able to attend school helps our kids break out of the stigma associated with special needs. Over the years we have been able to see remarkable improvements in the development of our children. Your monthly support helps open the door to a bright future that can only be made possible by a quality education.

PD: *Jeanette, a former ASB student who is blind, sits on the floor at ASB, an on-site school, making a tactile craft - an outline of a person in red yarn w/ yarn hair & real clothing laid out over the outline.
*Jeanette! Photo Credit: Nikki C/Merissa H.

PD: *Jeanette, a former blind ASB student, sits on the floor at ASB, an on-site school, making a tactile craft – an outline of a person in red yarn w/ yarn hair & real clothing laid out over the outline.

An additional need is the fulfillment of everyday Amazon.in wishlists!

Please note, this requires an Amazon India account, but this process is free and simple.

  • Provide items from a wishlist by referring to this page.
  • Or, to provide items to a specific SCH home, refer to the top bar of my blog page, hover over the button that reads ‘SCH Resource Home‘, and then select ‘Amazon Wishlists‘ from the drop-down menu that appears.
PD: Black & white photo taken from above of *Stephanie as she walks on pavement, using her guide cane in her R hand. You can see the top of her head & beginning of a braid! She's wearing an embroidered kurta.
*Stephanie w/ her guide cane! Photo credit: SCH India

PD: Black & white photo taken from above of *Stephanie as she walks on pavement, using her guide cane in her R hand. You can see the top of her head & beginning of a braid! She’s wearing an embroidered kurta.

You can give a one-time donation to SCH’s General Fund here.

SCH is a non-profit which relies only on donations to keep running. Every little bit helps. It takes a village! Curious about volunteer work? Read more about how you can help here! Volunteers are ALWAYS needed, both on-site in India as well as stateside and worldwide.

Want to volunteer, but can’t serve in a capacity listed above?

Consider becoming an Advocate!

It’s free, and definitely makes an impact. Without voices spreading the story of SCH, sharing about its children, and more, SCH struggles. You can help. Learn more here!

PD: A group of the Courage Home kids wearing swimsuits sit surrounded by various tubs & containers filled w/ colourful shaving cream! Some have the cream all over themselves.
Kids playing! Photo Credit: Nikki C/Merissa H.

PD: A group of the Courage Home kids wearing swimsuits sit surrounded by various tubs & containers filled w/ colourful shaving cream! Some have the cream all over themselves.

Want to support a future adoption? Consider giving towards a child’s Reece’s Rainbow grant! To find out which children are listed with RR, refer to this page. Each entry has a link to that specific child’s Reece’s Rainbow giving page. To learn more about each child, you can also refer to my ‘Find Me Friday‘ page for more in-depth info. This is also a great resource if you’re looking to adopt! To sponsor an adoption currently in progress, or learn more about a completed adoption from SCH, refer to this page on my blog.

*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.

Connect with SCH at the following links: Official Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram

SCH Logo Black
PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.
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