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.
Oct 17, 2011

FRESH START FOR BROKEN LIVES

Living on the edge
Living on the edge

Help us break the bitter chains of slavery and exploitation!

When a group of tourists brought 7-year-old Noemi into our clinic on the outskirts of Antigua, Guatemala, she was dirty, wearing rags, and way too small for her age. Her little face was twisted in pain, but she wasn’t crying like most children would be. In her eyes, you could see that she had accepted suffering as part of her life.

After her appendix was removed at the national hospital, she was immediately pushed out the door. There was no post-operation care. They didn’t even tell her to come back to get her stitches removed. Luckily, our ITEMP social worker was waiting for her outside. He asked Noemi if he could give her a ride home, eager to learn more about the malnourished child’s life.

Noemi’s mom, Sonia, is just 21 years old. She already has four children and has lost two husbands. Sonia grew up in a small village near Guatemala’s beautiful Lago Atitlan.

After her second husband died, Sonia moved her young family to Antigua, where she thought she could earn money selling traditional crafts to tourists. She spent all of her savings to get to Antigua, only to realize that it wasn’t the promise land she had imagined.

They lived in a house frequented by drug traffickers. They slept on the cold cement floor because there were five other people already sleeping in the only bed. Sonia and Noemi were forced to work long hours for the home owner, just to sleep on the floor and eat whatever scraps of food he tossed them.

Sonia confessed that she was worried for her children, because the men in the house kept suggesting that she should sell her children.

ITEMP will soon help Sonia move her family and their few possessions into a safe home, with proper beds, food, a water filter, and other necessities.  Noemi and her brother are enrolled in our Dreamer Center School. And Sonia joined our Mothers’ Club, so she can continue receiving weekly food donations and enroll in a special literacy project.

As the family previewed their new home, Sonia’s eyes filled with tears. “I was never able to give my children a safe home, without strange men around. I was never able to give them a bed or good water or an education. Thank you for giving my children these things.”

On October 19th, you can help ITEMP give even more children safety, comfort, nourishment and education during Global Giving’s Matching Funds Challenge.  Global Giving will match your donation (up to $1000) at 30 percent.

Please, give generously on this day and help us towards bonuses for having the most donors and raising the most money that day.  

Help us rescue and offer a fresh start to victims of human trafficking!
On October 19, donate to ITEMP on GlobalGiving.org: we’ll get a 30match and it will help us qualify for two $1000 bonuses!

In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering:

  • ·         a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day 
  • ·         a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives the most individual donations

Help us break the bitter chains of slavery and exploitation!

A new home
A new home
Caring for basic family needs
Caring for basic family needs

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Oct 14, 2011

Alison's Success Story, Continued

School Meal
School Meal

Casa Jackson has experienced a lot of success this year, thanks to your generous support. Our share of the hospital’s operating cost is covered for this year…and next year! This success translates directly into the number of children we are able to rehabilitate here in Guatemala, a country plagued by childhood malnutrition. Alison is one of these success stories. 

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When we first met 2-year-old Alison, she didn’t have that mischievous toddler spirit. She should have been running around her family’s tiny house in coastal Escuintla, Guatemala. She should have been quite the handful for her young, single mother, Elizabeth.

But Alison was slowly starving to death. Her mother, with no education or family, earned pennies a day…on a good day. Even when she could afford food, she didn’t know what babies were supposed to eat. When Elizabeth finally sought out help for Alison, she weighed barely 10 pounds.

Alison’s recovery in Casa Jackson was slow. She had to learn how to suck a bottle, how to swallow, how to chew. It took nearly six months for Alison to recover.

The story could end there, with Alison going home healthy. With hopes and prayers that she would continue to grow up strong. A success in the moment but a question mark in the future. But your support has ensured that babies like Alison will continue to receive rehabilitation in Casa Jackson and follow-up visits after they leave, that mothers like Elizabeth will continue to learn about childhood nutrition and parenting.

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When we told Elizabeth that it was time for Alison to go home, she didn’t believe us at first. She pointed out all of the things that Alison still needed to learn to be a “normal” 2-year-old. She can’t walk. She still isn’t talking. She can drink from a bottle on her own but can’t feed herself with a spoon.

We promised Elizabeth that our support doesn’t end just because Alison is going home. We explained that this was the beginning of a beautiful partnership between her family and ours. And we vowed to help them succeed in every way that we can.

You are part of this promise we’ve made to Elizabeth. Your partnership allows us to make commitments to Elizabeth and countless other mothers and fathers who want a better life for their children.

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One of the many ways we give children a better life is through better nutrition. With your help, we can offer nutrition-based programs in The GOD’S CHILD Project’s other Guatemalan sub-programs that guarantee that Guatemala’s next generation is growing up strong and healthy.

We feed 400 students at our schools three healthy, well-balanced meals every day. We distribute hundreds of pounds of fresh produce and dry goods to our Mothers’ Club every Friday, promising that their children will have plenty of healthy food over the weekend. We teach parents about childhood growth and proper nutrition. Our dentist and doctor see hundreds of patients every month, curing the illnesses and infection that prevent proper growth and development.

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In short, your donation to Casa Jackson has helped babies like Alison in a very real way. You have given them a fresh, healthy start at life. But you have also given them the promise that they will continue to grow up strong and smart and healthy for years and years to come. Thank you for the support that you have already given us. We hope that you continue to choose us in the future.

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Vegetable Distribution
Vegetable Distribution
Medical Clinic
Medical Clinic
Alison Sitting
Alison Sitting
Alison Laying
Alison Laying

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Oct 3, 2011

Scheel Center youth stepping into action and brighter futures

Scheel students in 2009
Scheel students in 2009

Offering free, accelerated elementary and middle school education and technical training for students up to 26 years of age, the Scheel Center, helps drop-outs go Back to School and strive for success, despite their difficult backgrounds.  In our last update we spoke about expanding horizons, this time we step into action!

For young people with energy and creative spirit, dance offers a great outlet that teaches confidence, discipline, teamwork, and encourages expression.

Scheel Center staff and volunteers work hard to promote positive expression, so students can learn to set and reach for challenging goals, and learn to both excel and to stumble and recover. Of course music is a vital and near universal form of both expression and entertainment for youth.

These photos follow the rise of Scheel youth in a form of gymnastic dance known as 'streamer dancing', from their earliest steps in 2009.  Scheel youth were Jocotenango champions for the first time in 2009, competing with 23 Jocotenango teams beating all schools for a first place trophy. In 2010, they competed against 16 schools and won first place allowing them to compete in national competitions against 22 depatamentos from all over Guatemala, finishing 4th.  Now, Scheel youth have earned 3 first place finishes at the national level.

More import, we are very proud of these guys and gals who compete with love, discipline, responsibility and pride in being students at the Scheel center.  We hope you agree that this helps them to enjoy their education and be motivated to continue their studies and not be bound by roots of poverty or family problems.

While another school year will soon end, our programing will continue during the annual break with a special Literacy building program and extra catch-up classes for students.

Our staff, volunteers and students sincerely appreciate your interest and generous support in our educational and skills training programs! 

With your continued support we are able to offer these types of positive opportunites for our students and to offer a quality program that sees youth step confidently into brighter futures!

Scheel students in 2010
Scheel students in 2010
Scheel students compete at national level
Scheel students compete at national level
Scheel in 2010
Scheel in 2010
Scheel youth group in 2011
Scheel youth group in 2011
Scheel youth 2011
Scheel youth 2011
2011 Champs
2011 Champs
2011 Youth
2011 Youth
Scheel 2011
Scheel 2011

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