Change a Life, Educate a Child

 
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Estafany comes from a very low income family. Since she was little she has worked with her parents selling food at fairs around the country and was forced to always be on the move since the fairs never stay in one place for very long. Because of this she was unable to attend school with children her age. She and her family soon realized that she would need to get an education in order to have a brighter future. They looked for help from many institutions but were unable to receive assistance due to her age and her family’s lack of resources. In January of 2015 they came to the Scheel Center, part of the God’s Child Project, and she and two of her siblings were accepted into the program. She is now 15 years old and is in the first grade in the Scheel Center.

Currently Estefany receives all of the benefits that the God’s Child Project gives to its students: clothes, shoes, food and medical and dental care. The legal department is also giving support to the family since one time when Estefany was helping her parents sell food someone attempted to rape her. This person works selling food nearby and her father realized what was going on and came to the defense of his daughter and reported the incident to the police. The Project is giving them all the support necessary, especially psychological care for Estefany since the incident affected her emotionally.

Despite all of the problems that she has dealt with, Estefany is determined to finish her studies and is very happy with how her teachers and classmates treat her and is thankful for the support of her family. Her parents are also grateful for the God’s Child Project and the opportunity that it has given their children to grow and have a brighter future. 

The girl is 14 years old and has been attending classes at the Dreamer´s Center for three years. She has been a great help to her mother since they never had the help of a father. The family is made up of the mother, the girl´s brother and her. The mother works selling vegetables at the market in Chimaltenango. She doesn´t earn very much but it is enough for them to survive on.

Their living conditions are not very good since the house is built out of sheets of metal and has a dirt floor. There are only two beds in the house and they have to share them. The grandmother and a baby who was abandoned by one of the mother´s sisters also live with them.

Because of all of the problems the family faced both the girl and her little brother were accepted at the Dreamer´s Center School. The boy is in 5th grade and the girl just finished 6th grade with good grades. She will now receive help with her middle school education through our scholarship program.

The mother of the family is very thankful for the support that the God´s Child Project has given them during this time since the help has not just been for the children but for the family in general.

She comes from a disintegrated family.  Her father abandoned her when she was born and her mother is an alcoholic and drug addict.  Neither of them pay her any attention.

 

She has been part of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados for two years.  She used to have a normal life, attending school every day and her mother was taking care of her.  She was living with her mother but at the beginning of 2014 the mother started to drink again, at first it was not much, but little by little this situation got worse and she lost her job.

 

Since then, her mother started to work in the streets and consuming drugs.  Because of that she wasn’t taking care of the little girl, because of her addiction and lack of money.  She was spending everything she had on her addiction.  She even tried to sell her daughter, so she could have some more money to purchase the drugs.  The government’s child support system had to step in and prevent this from going further.  We also stepped in with our lawyer to keep the child safe. 

 

Since then, Asociación Nuestros Ahijados is committed to taking care of the little girl.   We won the case in court to have her live with her aunt and always under the care of the Asociación.  Now she is one of the best students in the class and she would like to be a doctor when she grows up.  We plan to help her reach this dream. 

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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.

 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.

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Jose Roberto Arevalo

La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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