Update August 2019:
*Jamila is currently in the hospital with a severe illness. Please keep her in your thoughts as she begins to recuperate and hopefully makes a full recovery as quickly as possible!
In this series, each Friday I will to share a different child with you who is available for adoption. These children may or may not live at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH), India. When there are new children listed on Reece’s Rainbow, I will share them, and when there aren’t, I’ll share other children from the site!
While I do have a running list of all the kids who live at SCH and are listed with the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow, I’d like to expand on these excerpts and give each child their own post.
Today’s featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: *Jamila! *Jamila is an 8-year-old girl who lives at Anchor Home and is waiting for her family to find her.
PD: *Jamila has beautiful, waist-length black hair half-pulled back, beautiful brown skin, & a shy smile which can be seen under the graphic covering part of her face. She wears a traditional orange Indian outfit w/ gold buttons, mirrors, & a neon yellow/green sash across 1 shoulder. She has 1 hand bent resting on her hip, while the other is held across her body.
*Jamila’s Medical History
*Jamila has been diagnosed with microcephaly as well as hemiplegia on the left side of her body. She is able to move around independently, and can run and walk with ease. She does slightly drag her left foot as she moves around, but manages well despite this. *Jamila does receive physiotherapy where her leg and foot are stretched to help with movement.
*Jamila is non-verbal, able to say “hi” to others to communicate. She does know some signs, and is working towards learning more. She can sign to communicate she wants water, and also to ask for help.
*Jamila attends an on-site school 5x/week, where she participates in circle time as well as class time with her teachers. *Jamila is able to point to named colors and match colors correctly. She is also working on improving her fine motor abilities through activities such as using the peg board, stringing beads, playing with play doh, and cutting with scissors. *Jamila also enjoys finger painting and all types of water and sensory play.
PD: *Jamila stands against a brown wall, wearing a hot pink top w/ blue accents. Her long, brown hair is double-braided half-way, w/ the rest left flowing & part of her vibrant smile (& giant dimples!) visible under the privacy graphic across her face.
Other information About *Jamila
*Jamila is described as a vibrant little girl who is full of life and loves being around others. She has a beautiful face, her eyes, smiles, and adorable dimples steal the hearts of all that come around her. She is active and loves to go on walks around the neighborhood, jump on the trampoline, brush her baby doll’s hair, and play hide and seek. She has a very strong bond with her caregiver and good relationships with the other children in her home. She is a loving girl who seeks out attention and affection from others and would thrive in a family.
*Jamila is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional funds at this time!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Jamila here.
**Please note: Many other children at SCH are also available for adoption, and you can find a list at the top of this blog under the drop down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’ using the drop-down option ‘Waiting Children’. If you are from the US, you could adopt any eligible waiting child under the age of 16 (up to age 18 in some places outside the US – check with your local government to learn more.)
For more information regarding adoption from India in general, you can visit this site. It is the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Ministry of Women & Child Development.
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! If you cannot afford to, or are not in a position to adopt, 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. Donation opportunities include child sponsorship at any cost per month, from as low as $25/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $400 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 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.