Change a Life, Educate a Child

Jul 7, 2014

Helping achild who doesn't hear to change his life

Scheel Center



He is a young man of 15 years old, he was born in Santa Rosa. He presents the problem of total loss of hearing in his left ear since the age of 8 years.  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 does not have the needed skin tissue to place it.


This young man was born into a very poor conditions, he never had his three meals each day, unfortunately neither the mother nor the father could attend school reason why finding a job has been hard for them.  The father is a day laborer in a coffee farm and the mother is a housekeeper.  He has a younger brother who is 12 years old.  The coffee farm provides them a little piece of land for them to live.  As the possibilities of the family allows them, 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 now in 7th grade at the Scheel Center. We working to improve his life. At the Scheel Center 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.  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 the violence.  His brother is also receiving support from us and is studying Stage III at the Scheel Center.


The young man is working hard every day to improve and to have a better future, even though his hearing problems he never quits and comes to school every day.  He is very thankful for all the help he is receiving from Asociación Nuestros Ahijados through the Scheel Center School.  Please help us help him reach his dreams.

Mar 3, 2014

Education after loosing everything in a storm

 He is 9 years old and originally from Jocotenango He is the youngest of 5 children, and his father works day and night to help his family succeed.  He shares that in 2004, because of a bad storm in Guatemala, his family lost all of their belongings when all of their beds, clothes, and food became flooded and ruined.  The only thing they were able to salvage were a few pairs of shoes and some clothing.

 Thankfully they immediately received help, both from the God’s Child Project and from the Municipal authorities of Jocotenango. They were given shelter for 5 days in a room at the municipal office. After this, the government of Guatemala constructed a home for them in the Aldea de San  Chimaltenango. This home provides them with safe living conditions.  

 The children at this time were still too young to begin school, so the God’s Child Project helped them with clothing, shoes, food supplies, medical help, and other necessities to ensure their health. In 2008 their oldest child began attending our school, and at this time also received the benefit of having a sponsor parent.

 Currently, the boy is in 3rd grade, and he is one of the top-performing students in his class. He is very happy to attend school every day where he not only receives education but also nutrition, and his parents are very thankful to have their son attending school.  Every day his parents see the progress their son is making with the help of our programs at the God’s Child Project.  Help us so we can help others as they grow.

Nov 8, 2013

The Hernandez Martinez Family

Mr Luis and Mrs Mayra are from Ciudad Vieja Sacatepéquez. They both didn’t have the opportunity to study because their parents didn’t have the economical resources to give them a good education.

Nowadays Mr Luis works in a factory making sacks. He works very hard to support his children and wife, but the money he earns isn´t enough for them to make a living.

They have two children Mayra and Christian. Mayra is four years old. She suffers from malnutrition and she is being treated now. Sometimes they don´t have any money for the children´s food.

Christian has suffered a lot because he is handicapped. He was born with epilepsy. His parents have to travel almost every day to the city for Manolo to receive his therapies. Sometimes, they don´t have money to take him to the therapies. Christian dreams about going to school and running around every day with other children, that is why he works so hard on his therapies.

They have a very old house that doesn’t protect them from the rain or the cold weather. When we talked to them about the possibility of building a house for their family they were very happy because their lives would improve so much and they would get back the smile that they once had.

Jul 3, 2013

Pulex Bucu Family

The Pulex Bucu family is one of many families that suffer from the poverty that exists in Guatemala. Marcelina is a middle aged woman that has had to work since she was a young girl. She is the mother of eight children whom she has had to support through arduous work in the fields and by offering cleaning services. With much sacrifice and effort she has kept her family going for many years. Of Macelina´s children, the only one that stills lives with her is Romelia , a mother of five children. Neither of these ladies was able to go to school due to a lack of resources; for this reason, they are not able to read or write. Three of the five of Romelia´s children were conceived with a man that soon after abandoned them. The other two children have a different father that rarely ever goes to visit them and does not contribute to their wellbeing monetarily.

Marcelina has been the one that has worried for the wellbeing of her five grandchildren since her daughter, their mother, does not have the resources to support them. Romelia, the mother of the children,   has not been able to find a decent job since she never attended school.  The only income that Romelia´s families counted with when they were young were the small wages that the oldest daughters earned cutting coffee. Blanca and Esperanza, daughters of Marcelina, worked at Finca Castellano in Escuintla while Luis Alberto worked at Finca El Valle exposing himself to high temperatures, sunburns and stings or bites from the surrounding animals. The income that the three earned was not enough to cover all the expenses the family had, and many times they went without. Due to the large amount of family members that made up the family, the family was usually only able to prepare one meal a day.

The conditions of the home in which the Pulex family lived were very poor. The home consisted of walls made of cane, a roof made of old metal sheets, and dirt as the floor. Rain often entered the room where the family slept and turned the dirt to mud. During winter, the family was not able to sleep since they did not have enough blankets to protect them from the cold. Marcelina often cried because she did not have a safe place for her or her grandchild to live. At the end the year 2010, the God´s Child Project was introduced to this special case and helped the family with the construction of a new home. Since the family did not have water or electricity, a service team donated a solar panel for the family to have a light source at night. This solar panel helped keep the family warm at night and allowed the children to do their homework at night, Additionally, the family received clothes, shoes and blankets from the project.

Months later Luis was integrated into the ITEMP program as a result of exploitation at work and being exposed to inhumane conditions at the young age of 8 years old. The program quickly began to support Luis by providing him with a scholarship to attend school, food for him and his family, and providing basic medical care for the entire family among other things. Through the ITEMP program,  it became obvious that Luis was not the only one in his family that needed help. The sisters were also exposed to disease and sexual abuse where they labored and for this reason they too, along with their mother, were extended the help from the program. The women enjoyed the benefits of the Atkinson Family Clinics, the mother´s club, and some technical courses that would aid them in finding a new job.

Currently, Luis is in first grade at the Scheel Center. He is a smart child with dreams of overcoming all obstacles in life. Among the services that have been provided for Luis is money for transportation to school every day. Luis hopes to one day become a teacher in order to be able to educate his community and help them rise out of poverty.  He is very happy because he no longer has to put his life in danger in order to work and receives help with food and education from the project. Marcelina and Romelia now work making different items to sell and maintain the home. The entire family is happy because they now have a secure place to live . Additionally, the family has seen great improvement in the development of Luis as a student and hope to one day see him as a teacher. The family is confident that with God´s help and assistance from the God´s Child Project Luis will accomplish his goals. 

Mar 25, 2013

Juana Sarai Xitamul

Juana Sarai Xitamul lives in the neighborhood of San Felipe de Jesus near Antigua, Guatemala.   She comes from a very poor family.  Her mother works as  a housekeeper and earns only 400 Quetzales a month, the equivalent of about $50.  Her father works as a brick layers assistant when he can get the work.  Juana was raised by her grandmother until she was six years old.  Her grandmother cared for her because her mother worked all day and her father was nowhere to be found. 

Juana now lives with her mother, who she loves very much and who does her best to care for her.   Her father also lives with them, however, he is not as kind as her mother.  His moods vary and he is often unpredictable.  Sometimes he treats Juana very well but he has hit her on occasion in the past and for that reason Juana no longer wants to live with them.  Juana would like to return to her grandmother’s home, however, due to her grandmother’s relationship with her father, she will not allow her to live with her again.

Juana is presently studying at the Scheel Center and is focusing on Tourism and Hotel Management.  She hopes to someday work at a fancy hotel and be able to travel many places and see the world.  She dreams of being able to change her socioeconomic status in order to be able to help her family.  

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Project Leader

Jose Roberto Arevalo

La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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