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.
Dec 9, 2011

On Human Rights Day, Do What's Right!

Photo Credit: VisualReportage.com
Photo Credit: VisualReportage.com

Young women and girls forced into prostitution? Invisible. Men forced to do dangerous and tiring work for little or no reward? Invisible.  Children worked to exhaustion and vulnerable to abuse? Invisible. 

Here in Guatemala, ITEMP works directly with victims of human trafficking. However, we also try to raise awareness about trafficking in a country where human rights are routinely violated. Lately, we've been reaching out to trafficking victims and educating the general public through weekly radio spots. Many families in Guatemala--especially the poorest, most at-risk ones--don't have a TV or read the newspaper. Radio is their connection to the world. 

Did you know that more than 2.5 million people are human trafficking victims right now?  That’s a lot of invisible people.

Today, on International Human Rights Day, do what’s right: help us restore the rights and dignity of human trafficking victims. Stand up for the millions of invisible slaves in our modern world with your donation.

ITEMP helped Ana, Gabriela, Carlos, Jose and Maria fight for their rights. We provided them with safe housing, medical and psychological care, social and legal assistance, and education. Education is the key for vulnerable children to break out of generational poverty, learn their rights and become less of a target for human traffickers.

Human trafficking is a crime that shames us all and violates basic human rights. This is why we work to prevent, rescue, recover and rehabilitate human trafficking victims. So today, on International Human Rights Day, do what’s right: help us give trafficking victims a voice. Help us give them their lives back!

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Dec 9, 2011

Changing History with Alberto

Alberto before
Alberto before

When Alberto arrived at Casa Jackson in late March 2011, 2 months shy of his second birthday, he weighed only 13 pounds. His stomach was riddled with parasites and the resulting diarrhea gave him a rash so severe that his bottom was cracked and bleeding. He had been malnourished for so long that he was not only too weak to walk; he had never had the energy to learn in the first place. He was not yet talking, and communicated his considerable distress through near-constant cries and shrieks.

Alberto was gravely ill and he made it to Casa Jackson just in time. Two years ago, Alberto’s 14-month-old brother was admitted to Casa Jackson in a similar state. Unfortunately, Alberto’s family sought treatment for his brother’s malnutrition too late. Little Denis passed away after only a few days in our care. Determined for history to not repeat itself, we immediately began giving Alberto the vital calories and nutrients he needed, as well as the affection and attention he craved.

His parasitic infections were treated and he began to heal. The process has been slow.  Now December, Alberto is still  in Casa Jackson, nearly a year after he arrived. With each passing day, Alberto grows healthier and stronger. At two-and-a-half-years-old, he can finally walk, dance, clap and sing along to his favorite silly songs. The sad, frail baby we met in March is gone, replaced by a vibrant, affectionate toddler who will soon go home to his family.

Alberto after
Alberto after

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Dec 9, 2011

Everyone's Milestone

Scheel Graduation
Scheel Graduation

At the end of October, Scheel Center students, staff and volunteers gathered to celebrate our second graduating class. Six students completed their basico education (9th grade equivalent in the US education system). This is a huge accomplishment for any child in Guatemala, but especially for students who come from such disadvantaged backgrounds.

As each young man crossed the room to receive his diploma, everyone applauded loudly. They say that it takes a village to raise a child. We realize the truth of this statement during every graduation ceremony.

As each young man crossed the room to receive his diploma, we were all proud. Every teacher had contributed some way to his education. Every volunteer had watched him prepare for this moment. Every parent knew the odds against which he had fought to reach this milestone.

Part of our philosophy is to treat each student as our own child, to give them love and teach them rules as though they were our own. We hope that you share that philosophy and feel the same pride that we do. We hope that you choose to continue supporting future Scheel graduates with your financial contributions. 

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