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.
Aug 26, 2013

The Case of Sandra Elizabeth Garcia Morales

Sandra is a Young lady who has had a complicated life in spite of her Young age, she was enrolled in the ITEMP program due to the sexual abuse she had been a victim of since she was a child. Sandra told us when she turned 7 years old her mother sold her with a 52 year old man because the family lacked of resources. Sandra’s mother told her to go with this man and she would pick her up later, she should also do whatever he would ask her to. Some years later the scene got repeated one more time, she was sold one more time for an adult man to abuse from her. Sandra’s problem didn’t quite finish there, sometime after this one of her step brothers tried to abuse from her as well but an uncle of her didn’t let it happen.

What Sandra had gone through affected her physically and psychologically and gave her enough reasons to abandon her house at age 14. When this happened, she met Gabriel. We may say they met in the moment she needed it the most, she needed love and affection so after a while Gabriel proposed her to go live with him. The only inconvenient was that Gabriel was already father of three children but Sandra didn’t care; the only thing she wanted was to leave everything behind and start over with someone she could trust.

Sandra and Gabriel have lived together for two years so far and it hasn’t been easy since they have had to face the economical problems of our country. In the middle of the year 2012, Sandra´s husband was shot three times at work, while driving his tuk-tuk (small cabs used to transport people around) while they tried to steal it from him, he was left unconscious and unable to move his arm for a few days but thanks to Gabriel’s parents they were able to overcome this situation.

During September, Sandra was enrolled as victim #27 of the ITEMP department. When she joined the program she got both medical and psychological assistance as well as clothes and shoes, She was also provided with a small economical support in order to cover some other expenses. She was also encouraged to continue studying.

She is very happy with the lifestyle Gabriel has provided to her because of the fact that he treats her with respect and they are both currently planning to get married in order to start a family of their own.

Aug 22, 2013

The Story of Vincente Torres MarAn

Age: 11 years old

Grade: Third Grade

Vicente is a child whom at a very short age has already had many problems to be able to make it through. Originally from Guazapa, El Salvador and being Doña Sandra Marín his mother,  the only one responsible to take care of him. Doña Sandra never went to school because her parents lacked of resources. Her father was an alcoholic and never took full responsibility of the family, being Doña Sandra the youngest of four siblings.

Because of the poverty in which most of the people live in El Salvador, Doña Santra had to share a small house along with her mother and two of her brothers. When she was 22, she held a relationship with a young men from which she got pregnant and Vicente was born then. Her couple never helped with taking care of the kid so she had to assume the whole responsibility working long hours and leaving the kid at home with his grandma and uncles. When Vicente was 6 years old, he was raped by Doña Sandra’s older brother, she became very affected by this and fought so that his brother went to jail.

After having gone through all of this when Vicente turned 7 years old, Patrick Atkinson decided to give him an opportunity to join Nuestros Ahijados Project. At the beginning everything was a little hard for Vicente. He seemed to be very affected  by things he had gone through. Social workers used to visit his house and he didn’t like to greet people, his development at school was very poor and the biggest repercussion was that he wasn’t able to pass first grade. His mother suffered a lot because she couldn’t find support in any institution.

Currently Vicente is 11 years old and is in third grade, he is a very happy child and wishes to become someone important in life. We have had some psychological therapies to help him with his self-esteem and mood. Vicente has been able to enjoy several benefits that the project provides, we keep visiting him every month in order to check his academic development and we also interview his teacher in order to get feedback about his behavior that so far has been excellent.

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados has supported Vicente with his education taking him a monthly scholarship as well as 15 pounds of beans and 15 pounds of rice, he also gets personal hygiene supplies, clothes and shoes. We have found out that the most important thing of all, is sharing a nice moment with him. Vicente waits for the benefactors help eagerly each month because her mother’s job is not enough in order to cover all the expenses they have as a family. She mentions that without the help that this project has provided, her life as well as Vicente´s life wouldn’t have improved as much as they have.

Aug 22, 2013

Building a House,Changing a Life

Whenever a Service Team visits us, they all come with huge expectations, an illusion to help others and the desire to give as much as they can. We can see it in that spark shown in their eyes, and this huge smile drawn in their faces; still, none of this is compared with the face of someone whose life has just been changed by one of these people. Silvia Maricruz Sagche was one of them.

Silvia’s life has been quite challenging, She got married at a very young age and had no academic background since her parents decided it was more important for her to help out with house chores than studying. Her life turned completely upside down recently, her husband died in an accident leaving Silvia and her two daughters Estefany and Noelia alone and unprotected.

Silvia had nowhere to go, so she was staying at her parents’ house. Encouraged by the need, she started working as a housekeeper but her income barely pays for food. It was then when she decided to approach Asociación Nuestros Ahijados and ask for help. A little time passed when good news arrived to her, They were building a brand new house for her and her daughters. Sebestas team was the chosen one to carry out this task and provide a new home to them.

Three days of hard work under sun and rain made everything happen, Silvia kept looking amazed and as she told us, thanked God every second for this blessing arriving to her family.

The time had come and in a rainy Thursday afternoon the house was set and ready to be officially handed. The whole team gathered inside of the house, along with the service team leaders and exchanged words of gratefulness, joy and blessings with Silvia and her daughters. Little Noemi’s eyes opened wide when two beautiful dolls were handed from volunteers as a present to start “a new life” and Silvia’s words were completely forgotten and replaced by tears of happiness when she finally realized they had a place for them to feel comfortable and safe.

Tools were packed and volunteers got in the truck in order to come back from an adventure which turned out to be a blessing for a single mother and her two daughters. Looking back will remind them forever how a few days trip and the desire to make a difference changed the present and future of not one but three lives of women that will never forget them.

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