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.
May 24, 2013

Laidy Vanessa Villalobos

Doña Olga comes originally from Escuintla, has lived a life without any kind of education and a lot of hard work. From a very early age, she got together with Don Miguel and as a fruit of that commitment they had a son named Miguel Angel.

Things weren’t going well between Don Miguel and Doña Olga and they have a lot of problems this lead the relationship into a break up. Doña Olga decided then to start a new relationship with a Don Ezequiel who gave her three more children after moving out with hom.  Thinking everything was going to be a little easier,  Doña Olga had no idea he was going to make things even worse.

Laidy is the only daughter in this little family. Growing up among boys and an alcoholic father who used to mistreat her was not easy at all. His dad used to mistreat her mom as well by insulting and hitting her while children could watch.

After arguing a lot, Doña Olga got tired of being mistreated so she decided to abandon her home, and they started living in the street. Since they didn´t have a permanent place to spend the nights they approached our help through “Albergue Santa Madre”, one of the programs from Asociación Nuestros Ahijados where a temporary shelter is provided every night to homeless people. After several nights, the project could realize about the children’s situation and decided to help them by making them become part of the Dreamer Center so that they could study.

After a little while, The project decides to provide this family with a home where they all currently live. Miguel goes to the Scheel Center and the rest of the children including Laidy go to the Dreamer Center.

Laidy is currently in fourth grade. She is a very cooperative child with a bunch of dreams, goals and desires. She always goes to school and constantly show her gratitude to the project as well as her siblings. They are aware this place gave them the opportunity to become somebody in life.

May 23, 2013

Sofia Carolina y Jose Manuel Guardado Perez

The Guardado Perez family is originally from Guazapa, El Salvador. Sofia is the oldest of her siblings at 11 years of age. Her mother, Rosa Guardado has had to work day and night to support her family. Rosa married a man named Mauricio and with him had two children, Sofia and Jose Manuel. When the latter was born, the father abandoned the home due to alcoholism.

Rosa and her family faced rough times when her husband abandoned them, as Rosa did not count with any type of employment. It was at this time that Patrick Atkinson, along with Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, decided to integrate the children into the project so that their quality of life could improve. The family lived in less than adequate conditions with a house made of adobe and old metal sheets.  Upon seeing this, Asociación Nuestros Ahijados constructed a small house for the family and provided them with beds so that they could have somewhere to sleep. When the father, Mauricio, realized that the family´s economic condition had improved he returned to the home. The results of his return were that Rosa became pregnant before her husband abandoned them once again.

Currently, the family is made up of Rosa, Sofia, Jose Manuel, Daniela, and Mauricio, the last of which, is the son of another man that did not accept this responsibility.  Sofia is in the fifth grade and Jose Manuel is in the third grade. Sofia has the desire to one day be someone in this world and for this reason she always tries to get the best grades possible in school.  Asociación Nuestros Ahijados is providing the family with clothes, shoes, food, medication, and a small amount of money each month among other things.

In 2012, Sofia´s Godmother, Teresa Tallon, visited her and observed that Sofia had dental problems; the Godmother also covered all the costs the family had as a result of this. Rosa comments that since her children entered the project at Asociación Nuestros Ahijados they have had a different outlook on life. Due to the help that the project has provided, the children now enjoy the benefits of an education and share joyful moments at school. The children are very grateful to be a part of the project, since the reality they faced a few years ago is nothing compared to the benefits they now have. 

May 23, 2013

Sandra Carolina Lopez Illescas

Sandra is second youngest of her four siblings. Her parents are currently living in Santa Rosa and visit their children every month; however, due to a lack of money they have not been able to visit recently. When the parents visited each month they contributed economically to the household, although it was not much. Life for Sandra has not been easy since she has had to work from a young age. A few months ago her job consisted of collecting old junk door to door in San Andres Itzapa. Though Sandra had little revenue, she was able to contribute something to her household.

A few years ago, the young lady also worked for a vegetable exporter in Zaragoza, Chimaltenango. Sandra’s boss at the time offered her an opportunity to go work abroad and promised a better quality of life and income. Sandra refused the offer. Then, some time ago, Sandra was walking home when four men attacked and raped her. As a result of this incident, Sandra became pregnant and later had a miscarriage; nonetheless, Sandra continued persevering to achieve her dreams and be someone in this world. 

Sandra´s greatest desire was to be able to have an education, however, the need for money to survive drove her to work in construction, as a mechanic, as a clown, and she was even forced to ask for money in the streets. The little money she collected she saved to be able to pay for school the next year. In 2010, Sandra received information about Centro Educativo Tecnico Scheel (Scheel Center) which belongs to Asociacion Nuestros Ahijados. In order to be able to go to the school, Sandra commuted from San Andres Itzapa to Jocotenango. Since Sandra did not have money to pay the bus ride in order to get to school, she worked on the bus collecting bus fares from the passengers and this way earning her bus ride. Once Sandra was accepted into the school she was provided a scholarship and a volunteer named Ida Jaarvik helped her cover the costs of the bus fare.

Although Sandra was receiving help, it was not enough to keep her from collecting junk to sell. As a result, Sandra was received into the program of ITEMP to provide her extra assistance due to all she had been through. The first step in the program was to provide with psychological assistance and then carry out medical exams. Additionally, Sandra received help to fund her education.

In the end, Sandra was not the only one that benefited from the assistance that was provided. With the help the family received from ITEMP, Sandra´s sister, was also able to go to school. Currently, both women are studying. Sandra was also able to attend some beauty course and continue studying at the Scheel Center. Sandra´s entire family is grateful for the help they have received. Thanks to the support she received from Asociacion Nuestros Ahijados, Sandra ´s life has improved and she now has a promising future as a professional.

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