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.
Mar 13, 2015

A Better Future

This girl is 9 years old and is in 3rd grade at the Dreamer´s Center School of the God´s Child Project. In January of 2015 the family came to the God´s Child Project looking for educational support for their daughter due to various problems in the family (economical, illnesses and the family´s living conditions etc.). The girl was accepted at the Dreamer´s Center along with 3 sisters of varying ages.

She is a very special case because she has already suffered a lot at her young age. Her mother is her only support and she will need more attention than the other children since she has attempted to commit suicide. The girl, her 3 siblings and mother have suffered since her father was kidnapped and killed 6 years ago.

The Project is supporting the girl´s family in several ways because we want to help her to heal from all that she has suffered and help her to have a childhood without worries and adult problems. As a special case they will receive medical and psychological care and legal counsel. They will also receive donated vegetables every Friday. The Dreamer´s Center will provide breakfast and lunch for the girl as well as school supplies and shoes.

Despite the problems that the girl has faced she is happy here at the Dreamer´s Center and travels from Chimaltenango every day with her sisters to go to school and get a good education.

Feb 10, 2015

Dreaming on a new life

This child was brought into the ITEMP program at the end of 2010. He is originally from Guatemala City and comes from a broken home where his parents beat him and treated him poorly due to their alcohol problems. The mother abandoned the home because her husband had an accident which made it difficult for him to work since he was only able to get around in a wheelchair. Due to the separation of the parents no one took responsibility for the children and they went to live with an aunt.

Because of the aunt´s lack of income she asked the children to wash clothes for other people to earn some extra income. As the days went by the aunt began to change. She treated her nieces and nephews poorly, especially this boy who she physically and verbally abused. He worked as a mechanic to help earn more income for the family.

He is currently living in Chimaltenango with his father, sisters and brothers-in-law. He received help from ITEMP including clothes, shoes, educational support, medical treatment and economic support. He also helps his brothers-in-law fixing motorcycles and cars because he has liked working on vehicles since he was little.

The boy´s father has changed quite a bit after his accident and is grateful for the God´s Child Project and all of the support that we have provided for his son when he couldn´t provide for him. The boy is now in 5th grade and hopes to continue to improve his life.

Feb 10, 2015

A New Life

The man is originally from the community of Pochuta, Chimaltenango. He comes from a very poor family who, unfortunately, abandoned him because they didn´t have the means to take care of him. He had 12 siblings and hasn´t heard anything from any of them since.

The problems that occurred in his life started during the civil war in the 70´s. Because he wandered the streets looking for food or just to pass the time he was forced into the army. He was 12 years old at the time. While in the army the young boy took part in many confrontations with the guerillas. After 10 years of service, in a confrontation a grenade exploded close to his fellow combatants killing them and injuring his left leg. Unfortunately the injury was quite severe and they had to amputate his leg.

Since he had been abandoned he had no one to help him during his recovery and continued to live on the streets. He worked sporadically but it was very difficult for him because of the amputation so he mostly worked selling fruits and vegetables or as a sales clerk. He turned to alcohol to escape his problems thinking that he no longer had a reason to live.

For many years he drank too much and could no longer hold a job so he roamed the streets and didn´t have anywhere to stay. A few years ago he learned about the homeless shelter Santa Madre, which is part of the God´s Child Project, from other homeless people. He began to stay at the shelter often and thanks to the talks that they give there he decided to admit himself to a rehabilitation program for alcoholics. Because of this help he has been able to work in the market in Antigua to earn money and make a better future for himself.

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