Peek at a Sponsor Update!

PD: A girl stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari that is hot pink, blue, & gold w/ paisley accents & sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles.

Update July 2019:

*Stephanie has seen a decrease in sponsorship funds, and now needs $50/month more to become fully sponsored again! Sign up to become one of her sponsors here.

Original post:

Ever wondered what a SCH Child Sponsorship update email looks like? Sponsors receive 4 updates per year – 3 by email, and 1 special child-made gift at the end of the year!

Here’s a brief rundown of my most-recent update for *Stephanie, a young lady who is one of my sponsorship supports! *Stephanie lives at Joy Home.

PD: Black & white photo taken from above as *Stephanie walks down the street, using her guide cane in her right hand. You can see the beginning of a braid & she wears an embroidered kurta w/sandals. Photo taken Feb. 2018. Credit: SCH India
PD: Black & white photo taken from above as *Stephanie walks down the street, using her guide cane in her right hand. You can see the beginning of a braid & she wears an embroidered kurta w/sandals. Photo taken Feb. 2018. Credit: SCH India

I usually receive another update from my second sponsor child, *Dinah, who lives at Courage Home, at a different time. I’m not going to share the entire thing, but each update is definitely exciting & unique!

Firstly, there is always a friendly greeting from SCH right at the very top! It usually looks something like this:

May Update

Our kids at SCH have been doing great, and we can’t wait to share an update with you. At SCH, we have many staff members, including foster moms, nurses, PTs, ayahs, and teachers. These wonderful women and men work hard to provide our kids with the best quality of life we can offer. This includes helping them to develop and meet appropriate milestones. In this sponsor update, we will share an update on how your sponsor child is doing, as well as a description of a goal they are working towards with the support of the loving staff that work in their home!

The opener paragraph is then usually followed by a recent photo of your sponsor child or young adult doing something fun! In my update this time, *Stephanie is enjoying some cotton candy at a recent SCH carnival event, where she also enjoyed playing games and jumping in the bouncy house! After that, you get a brief description of some things each person has been doing lately!

To paraphrase:

*Stephanie continues to attend classes at a local eye institute and also at Courage Home (Anjali School for the Blind), and has even been learning to cook in some classes. [She] continues to have an easy-going, content, upbeat outlook and brings a lot of joy to those around her, and although she never demands attention, she is delighted to be seen and heard. This girl is amazing. She is the definition of sweetness and has learned to be content in all things.  Here are some current goals: 

  1. Practice braille letters over summer break. 
  2. Work to engage socially with other girls and others in the community. 
  3. Continue to go to her morning class at the eye hospital, while also enjoying both structured and unstructured play time with peers.
  4. Practice mobility skills several times a week.
  5. Go on outings in the next couple months, to try to navigate and explore new environments. 

The email rounds out with a ‘thanks’ of some sort at the end, along with some resources you can use to contribute further to SCH’s success! Also included are different ways to connect with SCH.

You can read more about what I’ve written about *Stephanie on my blog here!

Many children and young adults at SCH still need partial or full sponsorship. Interested in learning more about sponsorship? Read on below! There are many other ways to help, as well.

Child Sponsorship

Click on a child’s name to be redirected to their sponsorship if you’d like to sign up to sponsor them monthly at any amount. Suggested monthly donations: $25/month, $50/month, $100/month, full sponsorship (usually $350/month, more with complex medical needs/in school/etc.); however, sponsorship can be given in any amount you can afford. Learn more about child sponsorship here.

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; an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school; or sponsor a birthday and sign up to provide a party for a child! 

To connect in other ways with SCH, use the resources below.

Use these resources to receive newsletter updates, become an advocate, or volunteer at SCH! Also, here is the link to SCH’s general fund. In addition, you can give a one-time donation to any home, and 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.

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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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