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 29, 2011

What a year!

Bubbles
Bubbles

2011 has been quite the year at Casa Jackson. Following a ABC News 20/20 global health special, this page was created as part of their Be the Change, Save a Life initiative. Thanks to your contributions, we’ve saved many lives this year.

Throughout the month, you’ve read just a few of our success stories this year. None of this would have been possible without your support. Through efforts on this site alone, Casa Jackson has raised enough money to support our current operating costs for two years!

We’ve also had volunteers from all over the world donate over 10,000 hours of love and affection to our patients. Each of these volunteers has witnessed the everyday miracles that happen at Casa Jackson, and returned home full of passion for our children and our cause. Our doors are always open to new volunteers, and we would love to show you the important work that your donation has helped make possible.

Yes, 2011 has definitely been Casa Jackson’s most successful year yet. We hope that 2012 brings even more success, support and new friends. Thank you for joining our family this year, and we sincerely hope that you choose to continue supporting Casa Jackson in 2012.

You can follow all of our latest news, as well as read short bios of our patients, at: www.CasaJackson.org 

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Dec 27, 2011

Laura's Christmas present

Laura before
Laura before

Laura arrived at Casa Jackson weighing exactly 15 pounds—impossibly tiny for a 3-year-old girl. Our staff struggled to help Laura. Due to growing up in a home where food was not regularly available, Laura was unaccustomed to eating and struggled against our staff. Over the next few months, Laura’s weight fluctuated. Several times, our medical staff had to place a tube through her nose to deliver formula directly into her stomach to prevent her from losing any more weight.

Some weeks, little Laura truly was fighting for her life. Despite visiting a number of specialists, it remained unclear why Laura was so plagued with medical and developmental issues. We continued to provide her with the medical care, nutrition and affection that are the cornerstones of our in-patient program. Although she continued to fall ill from time to time, as the year wore on, Laura grew heavier and healthier.

After spending an entire year at Casa Jackson, Laura is finally healthy enough to return home to her loving mother and very devoted father. Laura is incredibly weak from being malnourished for much of her life and cannot sit or stand without a great deal of support. Her recovery required took a full year of support and patience; her on-going recuperation will take far longer. Laura’s parents have been taught how to best care for their fragile young daughter—and with continued support from Casa Jackson—Laura will receive the medical attention she needs to
continue the long process of healing.

As Laura´s family celebrates her homecoming this Christmas, we want to thank you for giving Laura the greatest gift of all: her health. Merry Christmas from the babies, families, volunteers and staff of Casa Jackson.

Laura after
Laura after

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Dec 27, 2011

Sandra's long journey

Sandra
Sandra

 

This Christmas, as we give thanks for our families and our lives, we encourage you to remember  those less-fortunate. We hope you’ll remember people like Sandra as you enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.

 

Sandra won an award for attendance and punctuality at Scheel Center this year. The remarkable thing about this young woman isn’t that she was never absent or late from school this year…it’s that she wakes up at 3 AM every day to make it to class on time.

Sandra lives in a very remote area. The closest bus stop is an hour’s walk from her family’s small farm. Then, she takes two transfers to get to school. After classes, Sandra doesn’t linger around the courtyard to gossip with her friends. Instead, she starts the long journey home so she can be there before nightfall.

This girl has big dreams for her future. She is an artist at heart and loves to sing and play guitar. It is rare to find this kind of dedication in anyone, much less in a teenage girl who is already the most well-educated member of her family.

This Christmas, we hope that you’ll take a moment to reflect upon your good fortune and the struggles of those who were born into a different life. We hope you’ll remember Sandra and her determination to have a better life as you celebrate with your loved ones. And we hope that you’ll be generous in this season of giving with a donation that encourages Sandra and the other 150 Scheel students that they are never alone on their long journey.

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