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.
Jun 27, 2011

New Horizons: Dreams and education into action

Amanda
Amanda's New Glasses

Amanda, a student at the The Scheel Center/El Centro Scheel recently received a small but critical gift, new glasses.  These came via a special benefactor in the USA who responded to her specific need.  She can now see the whiteboard… a vital horizon.

In similar fashion, The Scheel Centre seeks to help Break the bitter chains of poverty by creating new horizons for our students with quality education, healthcare and family development for the region’s poorest children. In one of the most desperate neighborhoods in Jocotenango has been a ray of hope in the community for the four years that its doors have been open.

The Scheel Centre continues to support, educate and train, but also to expose the youth to new horizons.  Whether attending the new Reading Club, or taking a class hike to celebrate International Earth Day with a field trip to Cero de la Cruz, we can work together to help expand perspectives and create new horizons.

We hope that you will continue to support The GOD’S CHILD Project as this school year progresses. Whether in formal studies or seeing the world of new opportunities, we still need your help to keep these kids in school and support their dreams for a hope-filled future through long term education, and new horizons.  

 The Scheel International Technical Training Center provides disadvantaged youth with the tools for long-term success.

Please donate today and pass this link along to friends and families so that they too can get involved.

Scheel Grade 7 Class Tackle a Science Exam
Scheel Grade 7 Class Tackle a Science Exam
The Streets of Jocotenago ~ limited horizons
The Streets of Jocotenago ~ limited horizons
Beyond books Scheel Students expand their horizons
Beyond books Scheel Students expand their horizons
Supporting dreams with the tools for success
Supporting dreams with the tools for success

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Apr 21, 2011

GlobalGiving Site Visit

ABC highlighted The God's Child Project on the year long campaign "Be The Change- Save A Life." Why? It's probably because The God's Child Project is doing both-- instilling positive change & saving lives. Even more, they are doing a great job at both! The Gods Child Project, or as I refer to it The Garden of Eden, was one of the highlights of my fieldwork assignment. They are among the most established, well-run operations I had the chance to visit over the past three months. Their entire staff tackles sensitive issues head-on while simultaneously utilizing great diligence, analysis, and reflection. From human trafficking to operating homeless shelters, from educating children to generating global awareness, The God's Child Project does it all. The Casa Jackson Home is just one realization of this fact. At Casa Jackson, children are sick. There is no denying it. What Casa Jackson seeks to address is nourishing the malnourished. Moreover, there is a strong understanding that a more robust approach needs to be adhered to in nutritional education. Therefore, they are working with the communities to address these problems. The technicalities of their approach are beyond the scope of my short synopsis, so take my word. Whether for volunteers or for your annual charitable contributions, The God's Child Project is a great place to invest both your time and/or money. I would like to kindly thank Mr. Luke Armstrong for his willingness to transparently exhibit their amazing work. It's truly a team effort at The God's Child Project. And finally, I think it's worth mentioning that a large number of their employees are former beneficiaries of their services. If this doesn't convince you that the model works than nothing else will.Baby being nurtured at Casa Jackson
Baby being nurtured at Casa Jackson
Beautiful Children
Beautiful Children
Mar 15, 2011

Casa Jackson Update #3: Joy in Small Packages

The Twins - Maria Jose and Miriam Guadalupe
The Twins - Maria Jose and Miriam Guadalupe

I share with you today a story about two small “packages” and a wonderful opportunity to support malnourished children: Global Giving is offering a match of 30 percent for all donations received on March 16th, 2011. They will also award a cash prize for the project receiving the most donations.

Among the many joys that come our way in life, nothing compares to the birth of our children.  In Guatemala, this also often a time of great challenge for many families.  After 20 hours of hard labour, an exhausted mom, Mary, gave birth to precious twin girls. Premature and critically underweight at only three pounds each, they were so tiny that they could each be held in just one hand. No doctor was on-hand for the delivery. The family knew that the local doctor would not come, because they still owed him money for his recent treatment of Mary's father Antonio. The new babies were having difficulty breathing. They were fighting for their lives.

Antonio had just enough money for the journey to Antigua.  From his tiny mountain village, eight hours away, he had heard that there was a place that might save his granddaughters' lives. Antonio wrapped the babies in tattered blankets and held them close during the day-long bus ride over the winding and rutted roads. He carried his precious cargo all the way to Casa Jackson.

The babies were two of the smallest ever admitted to Casa Jackson. As with every new patient admitted, we don't know for certain if they will respond to our care, or whether they will recover or not. But we provided them with intensive medical care, specialized baby formula, hugs and love in abundance. With time and love the girls began to open their eyes, move their small fingers and most importantly they began to grow and thrive. They each gained two pounds in their first 3 weeks and now weigh six pounds!

The story of these two very special girls, Maria Jose and Miriam Guadalupe, reflects the vital work of the GOD's CHILD Project.  This is only possible with your continued support for the needs of these special children. As Guatemala has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, Maria and Miriam are not alone and this vital work needs to continue.

We need you to make a gift on March 16th  so that the joy of happy recoveries can continue. Together with love, prayers and support we can change the world!


(Photos 2-4 courtesy of Christiana Dittmann)

Lots of Care and Attention for the Twins
Lots of Care and Attention for the Twins
Close-Up of a Growing Baby
Close-Up of a Growing Baby

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