Melvin is a twelve year old boy. He has been part of The God´s Child Project. Melvin has improved his life style since the first moment he received our support. His mother Blanca has had to work hard to support her two children because her husband died when Melvin was five years old.
The mother gets up every day very early to work in a construction factory and finishes very late at night. She does this for the children so that they have food to eat every day. When her mother was working, Melvin went to school and after classes he would go home to do the housework and take care of his little brother. However, the money his mother earned was not enough to pay for all the expenses at home and that is why she decided that Melvin couldn´t go to school anymore.
When Patrick Atkinson saw this situation, he decided to take Melvin into the Project, so he wouldn´t quit school. When Melvin entered The God´s Child Project, he received help to cover all the expenses at school and the necessary supplies. This helped his mother to support Melvin and give him the chance to become someone in life.
At the present moment the mother isn´t working at the construction factory anymore, because she was fired. The money she got from the factory, she used it to buy a stove and start a business selling tortillas. This has given her the chance to get a special income and doesn´t have to leave her children alone for too long. Melvin has received a scholarship every month including an amount of money and food for him and his family. Melvin also has sponsors and receives a kit with health products whenever it is necessary.
Doña is very grateful to the God´s Child Project because without this support, Melvin wouldn´t have continued school and he would have had to work like many other children have to in order to eat.
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.
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.
Many families in Guatemala and surrounding countries live in poor conditions, unprotected from the heat and the rain, unable to provide enough food for their families and susceptible to various diseases. Cesar is a child from such a community in El Salvador. His family began coming to the Association about eight years ago. They were able to begin coming to Nuestros Ahijados after the founder of the Institution, Patrick Atkinson, learned about their situation.
When Cesar’s mother, Mrs. Nelly first learned that Patrick was offering the family a grant she was very hesitant to believe it. She had been through a lot of hardship in her life and had learned through instances of deceit not to believe everything she was told. She grew up in a country where poverty is common and all of the family contributed to the income. She has been working ever since she was a child and, thus, did not receive a full education.
It was very important to Mrs. Nelly for her two children, Cesar and Joselyn, to gain an education. The children’s’ father was not present as they grew up, so it was just the two of them and their mother. Mrs. Nelly shared that when her husband learned she was pregnant with Cesar he decided he did not want anything to do with the baby and financially abandoned them. Mrs. Nelly continued seeing him, though, in hope that he would decide to support his family. A couple of years later, Mrs. Nelly became pregnant with Joselyn. Again, her husband chose to abandon his family, this time leaving all together. It was at this point that Mrs. Nelly really began to feel hopeless.
She continued to work hard as a house cleaner, but the income was not enough to provide for herself and two children. She often received help from her parents, but they did not have a lot to give either. The combination of her meager salary and the little her parents had to offer still was not sufficient to keep her family healthy. She wanted badly for her children to gain an education, but the more they grew the more the expenses grew. Mrs. Nelly had decided to take her children away from their studies so they could help to work and provide food. It was precisely at this time that Patrick Atkinson and Nuestros Ahijados came into their lives, providing a way out.
Until this point, Nelly’s family had been living in very poor conditions. They had a small home that did not provide enough protection. Nuestros Ahijados was able to change this, though. Construction teams were sent to build a durable house for them so they would have a safe place they could live in as a family.
Nuestros Ahijados also provided an education for the two children. Cesar is 19 now and is in his second year at University studying to become a math teacher. He tells us that the work is challenging, but he is thankful for the opportunity to learn and succeed. He wants to continue his studies so he can provide for his family.
This is only one of the many stories of families who suffer from poverty. Nuestros Ahijados was founded to help children like Cesar succeed so the cycle of poverty can be broken and another family can begin to thrive. Will you partner with us to provide a future of success for one of the many children who so desperately need it?
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