Update July 2019:
*Shiloh’s surgery was fully funded, and the procedure was completed in June! This will improve her quality of life immensely by helping her to gain healthy weight and keep it on!
*Abe and *Josie have been adopted and are home with their respective forever families! *Susan and *Lauren have joined the home, since Joy and Jubilee homes recently had to merge and it was decided it would be in the girls’ best interest. Please welcome them from Jubilee (sign up to become a sponsor for one of the girls, or the other kids at Anchor Gold who still need sponsors, by reading the rest of this post)!
*Shiloh is a sweet 2-year old who lives at Anchor Home Gold. She will be 3 in August! *Shiloh was born with cerebral palsy. When she arrived at SCH, she was dehydrated and had bed sores. She has come a long way, and has made it through that harrowing time. She is thriving in her home, growing chubbier every day! She celebrated her 2nd birthday with a trip to the zoo! In 2018, she made strides in continuing to work on sitting independently in physiotherapy, reaching for items, and tracking objects with her eyes.
*Shiloh is partially sponsored and still needs $100/month to reach full sponsorship.
If you’re interested in supporting her by becoming one of her sponsors, you can do so at the very first link at the top of this post! Sponsors receive individual updates about the child(ren) they sponsor 4x/year – 3x via email, and 1x via snail mail during the December holidays!
If you’re interested in receiving current updates on all the Anchor Gold kids including *Shiloh, contact me and I can put you into communication with Alicia, their current foster mom!
From her sponsorship page:
“Sweet *Shiloh – this little nugget is the baby all of the other kiddos ask to hold. She gets lots of cuddles and lots of love. She loves her caretaker and gives all others a hard time when her caretaker is gone. She loves her naps even more. She has been to the pool a few times, and she usually takes that time to nap on a float. She attends our in-home preschool, and does some physical therapy with her caretaker and our hired physical therapists.”
The following medical update was recently shared by *Shiloh’s current foster mom, Alicia (via email), and highlights the need for g-tube placement surgery for *Shiloh:
*Shiloh recently lost a lot of weight and our team here decided it would be best if she receives a G-tube. A G-tube is a tube inserted through the abdomen that delivers nutrition directly to the stomach. Using the G-tube we can make sure *Shiloh continues to grow strong and healthy while she is in our care. [Note: G-tubes are generally considered a longer-term solution to feeding issues than NG tubes, whereas NG tubes are typically better-suited to short-term care solutions.]
Until we can get her surgery done we are using an NG tube to help her gain weight again. An NG tube is a special tube that carries food and medicine to the stomach through the nose. And while this is sufficient for now, we don’t want to use this long term. The total cost of the surgery is $1,620 and once we have the money we can schedule her surgery. *Shiloh is a snuggly, funny, little girl. She loves swinging, being held, songs, and dancing. *Josie (who has since been adopted!) is one of the few children in our care who can really make *Shiloh laugh and I love seeing how much *Josie cares for her. *Shiloh is so loved in our home and everyone wants to see her get strong again. Would you partner with us to help this little babe out?
If you would like to give, you can go to [this link]. Anything is a blessing and no amount is too small.
From me, Anchor Gold, and *Shiloh,
Photos have not been included due to privacy concerns.
Other Ways to Help Anchor Gold
The following Anchor Gold kiddos also need additional sponsorship funds:
- *Aleks is completely unsponsored and needs $350/month more. Sponsor him here.
- *Cassia needs $270/month more. Sponsor her here.
- *Danny is completely unsponsored and needs $350/month more. Sponsor him here.
- *Julie still needs $10/month more.
- *Julie is available for international adoption! She is at risk of aging out, because her birth date is listed in 2005, but it is believed she is much closer to age 10 than 15!
- *Katherine needs $70/month more. Sponsor her here.
- *Lauren needs $116/month more. Sponsor her here.
- *Penny needs $75/month more. Sponsor her here.
- *Penny is available for international adoption!
- *Susan needs $100/month more. Sponsor her here.
When all the children in a home are sponsored, it improves the quality of life for everyone. Additional funds that come in through the general fund can then go to things such as emergency medical procedures, medical visits, and hospital stays, as well as fun outings for the kids, among many other things!
Support Anchor Gold’s in-home school, Little Lights Special School, by following this link!
Support Anchor Gold by providing needed items from their Amazon.in wishlists (note that you will need a separate account with Amazon India in order to give, which is quick and free):
Other Ways to Help 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 also 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. 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. 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.