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.
Nov 11, 2014

An opportunity to learn and grow

This boy comes from a family with many problems. His father is originally from Escuintla and his mother is from Antigua, Guatemala. His mother has two children from a previous relationship and this boy is the son of the man that she currently lives with. The boy is known for being extroverted and friendly, however, due to problems at home he was an aggressive little boy with behavior issues and poor school performance.

He is the youngest of 3 children and is the only one that attends the Dreamer´s Center school since the other siblings decided it would be better to work. His father works looking after cars parked in Antigua, Guatemala and earns no more than $40 per month. His mother works cleaning a food stall in a market in Guatemala City and earns about $130 per month and with the income of his mother and father they support the entire family.

Upon being accepted at the Dreamer´s Center he was given psychological help since due to problems at home there was a possibility that he could develop schizophrenia. He also received food and an education.

Currently, he has finished kindergarten and has had many advances in his personal life. He is a very happy boy who, unfortunately, doesn´t come to school every day because of his parents´ neglect but when he does come to school he makes the most of the support that is given to him.

Nov 10, 2014

A house for the poor

This family has very limited resources. Their house is made of sheets of metal that are in very poor condition and has a dirt floor. One of the beds is also in poor condition. The family is very large and includes the parents, six children and one grandson. The father is the breadwinner for the family and often there isn´t enough money and they only get to eat two meals a day. The oldest daughter is 16 and has a 6 month old baby and her boyfriend left her without giving any reason. Now her family is helping her since it is hard for her to find work due to the fact that she needs to take care of the baby, is a minor and doesn´t have an education. The only work that she could aspire to do is making tortillas, housekeeping or doing farm work.

 

The father does farm work on nearby plantations. Sometimes the work runs out at one plantation and he has to go to other plantations to find work. The mother doesn´t work because she takes care of all of the children. She says that none of her children have ever gone to school because the family can´t afford it. The parents also never studied because their parents only taught them farm work and housework.

 

The family is very excited about the idea of improving their home. The construction will start on Friday October 31, 2014 and the family is very appreciative of the support that the God´s Child Project is going to give them.

 

Nov 7, 2014

As a girl she was sold by her mother

She is a young woman that has had a life that no one would ever want. She came to the ITEMP program because she was sexually abused as a child. She says that when she was 7 years old her mother sold her to a 52 year old man because they didn´t have enough money. Her mother told her to go with the man and that she would go get her later. Years later her mother sold her again and the man abused her in exchange for money. Unfortunately the problem didn´t end there since, later, one of her step-brothers tried to abuse her.

At her young age she had already suffered a lot. She decided to leave home at the age of 14 because she found a young man who asked her to live with him when she was most vulnerable and in need of love. The only issue was that he already had three children but she didn´t care. All she wanted to do was forget what had happened to her.

She has now lived with that young man for three years. Everything was going well until the middle of 2012 when the young man, who worked as a taxi driver, was shot three times with a firearm. He was left unconscious for several days and unable to move his right arm. After being released from the hospital he was no longer able to work as a taxi driver.

In September of 2012 she entered as the 27th member of the ITEMP program. Upon entering the program she received psychological help, medical exams, shoes and clothes, and also economic help to help cover some costs and she was encouraged to continue her studies. She is very happy living with the young man since he has treated her the way a woman deserves to be treated and she plans to marry him and form a family.

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