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.
Feb 28, 2014

Story of Medeline

Story of Madeline

 

Rosa , originally from the department of Escuintla is 28 years old and been dealing with the difficulty of raising her two children, 14 year old Rosa and Madeline who is 1 year and 9 months old. Rosa was never able to receive education due to the lack of economic resources in her family growing up. Partlyduetolack of education, Rosa becamepregnant at theage of 14. Because of her pregnancy, Rosa’s parents disowned her and threw her out of their home without leaving her any resources. Rosa then went to live with the father of her child, Rene.

 

After living together for a time and despite the economic difficulties that they faced as a couple, Rosa became pregnant with Madelin. During this time, their family lived on Rene´s salary. Rene was working every day as a fisherman. He did not make much, but what he did make was enough to feed his family. One day in late 2012, Rene got ready to go to work and said goodbye to his family, not knowing it would be the last time he would see his wife and daughter. That day, Rene did not realize that his fishing boat was in poor conditions, and as he was working alone on his boat, the motor had mechanical problems and he remained stranded in the ocean, with no one around to help him. No one is sure exactly what happened, but Rene drowned that day.

 

Because of this terrible loss, Rosa was unable to deal with her grief and became depressed, lost interest in taking care of the child she was pregnant with, stopped eating or taking vitamins. When Madelin was born, she weighed only 5 pounds, and was breast-fed for the first 6 months of her life, and would not drink any other type of formula. Not knowing what to do, Rosa returned home to her parents who decided to open their home to her again.

 

Rosa did not realize how sick Madelin had become and that she had become malnourished, but when she became sick with diarrhea and came down with pneumonia, at which time Rosa decided to take her to the local health center. When she saw that Madelin’s systems persisted, Rosa took Madelin to the National Hospital of Escuintla, where they diagnosed her with pneumonia and severe malnutrition.

 

Once Madelin was discharged from the hospital, her mother thought she could take Madelin home. However, the hospital social worker referred Madelin to Casa Jackson Nutrition Center with a court order for nutritional rehabilitation.

At intake at Casa Jackson, Madelin was in a very delicate state, very unanimated, she made hardly any movements. She was unable to sit up, much less stand up, and she did not tolerate our formulas or baby food. She continued this way for 3 months.

 

After this time, Madelin was injected with three shots to improve her immune system, and this together with the nutrition that she was receiving finally started to show results. Shortly after, Madeline began to crawl and walk, and engage in activities appropriate for her age. Her mother received support through donations of food and clothes for herself and her other daughter. Right now, Madelin has reached a stable weight and a better diagnostic appearance than when she was admitted to Casa Jackson.

 

Despite the difficulties that Rosa faced, she never gave up taking care of her daughter in Casa Jackson and she hopes to return to her home and find work again in the fishing industry and continue to see her smiling daughter which gives her hope to live each new day and hope of a better quality of life.

Nov 14, 2013

The Story of Melvin Rene Campos

Melvin is a twelve year old boy. He has been part of The God´s Child Project. Melvin has improved his life style since the first moment he received our support. His mother Blanca has had to work hard to support her two children because her husband died when Melvin was five years old.

The mother gets up every day very early to work in a construction factory and finishes very late at night. She does this for the children so that they have food to eat every day. When her mother was working, Melvin went to school and after classes he would go home to do the housework and take care of his little brother. However, the money his mother earned was not enough to pay for all the expenses at home and that is why she decided that Melvin couldn´t go to school anymore.

When Patrick Atkinson saw this situation, he decided to take Melvin into the Project, so he wouldn´t quit school. When Melvin entered The God´s Child Project, he received help to cover all the expenses at school and the necessary supplies. This helped his mother to support Melvin and give him the chance to become someone in life.

At the present moment the mother isn´t working at the construction factory anymore, because she was fired. The money she got from the factory, she used it to buy a stove and start a business selling tortillas. This has given her the chance to get a special income and doesn´t have to leave her children alone for too long. Melvin has received a scholarship every month including an amount of money and food for him and his family. Melvin also has sponsors and receives a kit with health products whenever it is necessary.

Doña is very grateful to the God´s Child Project because without this support, Melvin wouldn´t have continued school and he would have had to work like many other children have to in order to eat.

Nov 8, 2013

The Hernandez Martinez Family

Mr Luis and Mrs Mayra are from Ciudad Vieja Sacatepéquez. They both didn’t have the opportunity to study because their parents didn’t have the economical resources to give them a good education.

Nowadays Mr Luis works in a factory making sacks. He works very hard to support his children and wife, but the money he earns isn´t enough for them to make a living.

They have two children Mayra and Christian. Mayra is four years old. She suffers from malnutrition and she is being treated now. Sometimes they don´t have any money for the children´s food.

Christian has suffered a lot because he is handicapped. He was born with epilepsy. His parents have to travel almost every day to the city for Manolo to receive his therapies. Sometimes, they don´t have money to take him to the therapies. Christian dreams about going to school and running around every day with other children, that is why he works so hard on his therapies.

They have a very old house that doesn’t protect them from the rain or the cold weather. When we talked to them about the possibility of building a house for their family they were very happy because their lives would improve so much and they would get back the smile that they once had.

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