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 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.

Feb 6, 2015

Fighting for Survival

Story of a 15 year old girl from El Salvador

The young lady is 15 years old and is the oldest of 3 siblings. Her father works in the fields and makes about $60 per month. Since he doesn´t make very much money her mother has to go to work at 4:00 in the morning every day in a clothing store. Their standard of living is not that great. Although the house is made of cement blocks it is not in very good condition.

Because of the conditions that the family was living in the God´s Child Project admitted the three children to the program. The children stand out in school because of their good grades and behavior and they have made the most of the support that the Project has given them such as rice, beans, clothes, shoes and most importantly a scholarship so that they can improve their lives through education.

The oldest girl is not just a good student but also a big help to her family. She and her youngest sister walk 25 minutes every afternoon to get to a mill and help their grandmother sell tortillas and as they walk there they search for any type of material that they can recycle and sell. The two sisters also have done well in beauty competitions and they are always collaborative and participative.

Despite all the problems that they face each day the family is very thankful for the help that they receive each month from the Project since without that help it would be very hard for them to continue their education and have a professional trade in the future.

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