Carlos is 7 years old and at his young age has already suffered many problems at home. His mom was in a gang in the capital and his father was an alcoholic who would beat his wife and children. Carlos was raised by his grandmother however she passed away from uterine cancer at the beginning of the year so he is now in the care of his father.
The family lives in poor conditions in a house made of sheets of metal and a dirt floor. The family doesn’t have the resources to build a dignified home. While the grandmother was still alive she came to the God’s Child Project asking for help with the construction of a home. Unfortunately the Project could not help them with the construction of a home because the land that they live on is not their own and the owner could kick them out at any time.
However, because the Project knew the needs of the family they were given sheets of metal so that they could cover the holes in the house. Carlos was also registered at the Dreamer’s Center school and receives all of the benefits of the school to improve his quality of life.
Currently Carlos is in first grade and has average grades but is studying hard to learn more each day. Carlos does not have contact with his mother but his father, who is no longer drinking, and his aunt take care of him. Carlos has improved his grades since he started at the Dreamer’s Center where he receives and education, food, as well as a beautiful place to go to school.
Carlos is very happy to attend the Dreamer’s Center and would like to be a successful person.
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.
This boy comes from a family with many problems. His father is originally from Escuintla and his mother is from Antigua, Guatemala. His mother has two children from a previous relationship and this boy is the son of the man that she currently lives with. The boy is known for being extroverted and friendly, however, due to problems at home he was an aggressive little boy with behavior issues and poor school performance.
He is the youngest of 3 children and is the only one that attends the Dreamer´s Center school since the other siblings decided it would be better to work. His father works looking after cars parked in Antigua, Guatemala and earns no more than $40 per month. His mother works cleaning a food stall in a market in Guatemala City and earns about $130 per month and with the income of his mother and father they support the entire family.
Upon being accepted at the Dreamer´s Center he was given psychological help since due to problems at home there was a possibility that he could develop schizophrenia. He also received food and an education.
Currently, he has finished kindergarten and has had many advances in his personal life. He is a very happy boy who, unfortunately, doesn´t come to school every day because of his parents´ neglect but when he does come to school he makes the most of the support that is given to him.
He is a young man of 15, he was born in Santa Rosa. He presents the problem of total loss of hearing in his left ear since the age of 8. In 2013 his parents took him for a medical examination, but the diagnostic wasn’t very hopeful because a hearing device couldn’t be installed because he did not have the needed skin tissue to place it.
This young man was born into very poor conditions, he never had his three meals each day, unfortunately neither the mother nor the father could attend school which is the reason why finding a job has been hard for them. The father is a day laborer in Finca Filadelfia and the mother is a housekeeper. He has a younger brother who is 12 years old. Finca Filadelfia provides them a little piece of land for them to live on. They have made a small room with metal tin and some wood, which does not have the basic services that are water and electricity.
Starting this year, Asociación Nuestros Ahijados has been supporting this young man with his studies, he is now in 7th grade at The Scheel Center, having the opportunity of improving for life. Also he can receive medical, physiological and dental care as part of our services. He is doing well at school, according to his teachers, he could do better but because of his hearing issue it is difficult for him. He is a very shy boy and tells that he would like to be a National Police Officer, so he can be able to support all those people who are victims of violence. His brother is also receiving support from us and is studying Stage III at The Scheel Center.
He is working hard every day to improve and to have a better future, despite his hearing problems he never quits and comes to school every day. We are very proud to be able to to help him improve his life.
Carlos Antonio Carias Monroy
This family is originally native from Jalapa, they decided to come to Antigua in order to improve their life quality. Unfortunately, once they were already settled, they realized this was not what they were aiming for; the father became an alcoholic and mistreated both physically and verbally his whole family. As a consequence to this situation, they split and the mother decided to go back to Jalapa.
A little after the mother went back and started working, she got a rare disease that leads her to death. All of this was so sudden that nobody realized she was so sick and by the time she got to the hospital could only spend two more days there before she passed away.
All of this caused problems with the family one more time. Relatives from Jalapa were trying the father would bring them to Antigua in order to provide economical support, but he had already raised a whole new family with a different woman and wants to know nothing about his older children who were brought to Jocotenango in order to start a debate and delegate custody. The children are taken to the childhood and youth court located in Chimaltenango.
Two of the kids Nelson and Jennifer are given to an uncle (mother’s brother) while Jorge Mario and Carlos Antonio are given to their grandma (mother’s mother) But after a while, grandma got all of them because the uncle couldn’t support them.
Three of the children start to study at the Scheel Center, One of the programs of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala. During the past summer, they had the last debate were Nelson and Jenifer were separated from their siblings and taken back to Jalapa and grandma got to keep just two of them. Currently just Carlos who is now 11 years old is currently in fifth grade continues to study at the Scheel Center.
Carlos is very happy because he has found at the Scheel Center not only psychological and academic help but has also gotten clothing and shoes, all of this because he dreams to become a professional lawyer in order to help his family and other children that may have the same problem he and his siblings went through. Even when he says he doesn’t lack of love and his grandma constantly shows this to him, he misses his siblings. He is also very conscious and grateful for the help he gets because he knows how much this represents to his grandma.
Henio Wilfredo Pérez
Departamento de Guías.
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