The GOD'S CHILD Project

The GOD'S CHILD Project mission is "to break the bitter chains of poverty through education and formation." While GOD'S CHILD is rooted in education, we aim to support the communities we serve at every level of development. Through our wide range of programs, we help children and families living in extreme poverty to meet their basic needs and find a restored sense of hope, self-worth and human dignity.
Jul 22, 2015

Hope for Alicia

Alicia* is from a poor town in the department of Escuintla, Guatemala. She started working from a young age to help her parents so she was never able to go to school. At the age of 9 she went out with her mom to sell tortillas and earn a living. As she got older she noticed that her parents had a hard time finding work and she had to look for work to earn more income for the family.

When Alicia was 14 years old she had traveled to the center of Escuintla and at about 10 in the morning on her way back to her house two men pulled her into a car and drugged her. Alicia doesn’t remember exactly what happened after that. The only thing that she remembers is that after drugging her the men took her to a vacant lot and raped her. When the men were done with her they left her near her house.

When she arrived home her mom asked her what had happened and Alicia was ashamed and didn’t want to tell her what had happened. However, a few hours later she worked up the courage to tell her mom that she had been raped. Alicia´s mom was surprised by what had happened to her daughter but there wasn’t much that they could do about it. Alicia shut herself in the house for several weeks. She didn’t want to leave because the neighbors made fun of her for what had happened to her. ITEMP learned about the case and started to help Alicia. First they made sure she had psychological care and then they took her to be examined by a doctor to make sure she was physically healthy. She was later helped with clothes, shoes and was given some economic help.

Alicia continues to receive medical, psychological and other support from the project. She has a job and helps with the costs at home.

 

*Name changed to protect child’s identity

Jul 17, 2015

An Education for Wendy and Her Siblings

Wendy is a girl who hopes to improve her living situation. She is 11 years old, the youngest of three, and loves to go to school. Wendy’s mother is a stay-at-home mom and her father works day and night to improve his family’s living situation. He is a farmer and earns $75 per month.

Wendy and her siblings have been a part of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados del Salvador for 6 years. Before that the family had no outside support. The children went to school but it was hard for the family to pay for 3 children to go to school. Wendy’s mother was about to pull them out of school so Nuestros Ahijados enrolled them in the program so that they could continue their education.

Upon being enrolled in the program the children were able to receive a scholarship to continue going to school. Wendy is currently in 4th grade and received rice and beans each month so that she can eat well. She also receives a monthly scholarship and all of the benefits that Nuestros Ahijados provides its beneficiaries with.

Wendy’s mom is very glad that she has the help of Nuestros Ahijados since it has helped her and her children have a better life.

Jul 16, 2015

A Home for Dora and Her Family

Dora, the mother of the family, has had to work extra hard due to her husband’s alcohol problem. When they got married he did not have a drinking problem. He was responsible and took care of the needs of the home. He didn’t start to have problems until his children were born. He works as a carpenter and earns a salary of Q1,600 per month most of which he spends on alcohol. He only gives Dora Q600 per month to provide food, clothes and an education for their children.

Dora is happy with her family because even though her husband drinks he has never hit her or her children and he has been somewhat responsible with the expenses of the home. Dora does not work outside of the home but dedicates herself to taking care of the children.

The house that they lived in was made out of old sheets of metal and a dirt floor. They even used sheets of plastic to cover parts where water was coming in. They also had to share the house with Dora’s mom. Because of this the family decided to ask Nuestros Ahijados to help build them a new home. The Project did a home visit and after verifying that the family truly did have a need the Project built a house for the family. Dora is very thankful that her children now have a safe place to live.

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