The GOD'S CHILD Project

The GOD'S CHILD Project's mission is "to break the bitter chains of poverty through education, housing and healthcare." While GOD'S CHILD is rooted in education and health-care, 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. Religious affiliation is not a requirement for any program services.
Feb 27, 2017

Julian dreamed of becoming a fireman

Julián had always dreamed of becoming a fireman so at 11 years old he went with his step-father to see if there was a way that he could become involved at his local volunteer fire station. The fire chief decided to let Julián observe the work and trainings that the firemen did at the station but warned that he was too young to go out on emergency calls. Julián was excited about this new opportunity to learn more about his dream job. One evening while Julián was at the station there was an emergency call and all of the firemen were called out to the scene except for the operator who stayed back with Julian. The operator took advantage of this time alone with Julián and forced him to have oral sex with him, raped him and then threatened to kill Julián's mother or hurt his family if he told anyone. This happened several times and on the third occasion Julián was able to defend himself and escape and this time he told his mother and step-father what had happened to him.

Julián was greatly affected by these terrible events and came to the psychologist at the GOD'S CHILD Project in Guatemala seeking help. Our psychologist immediately began to provide him with the support that he needed to overcome the trauma he had suffered and our lawyer stepped in to help Julián and his mother file a suit against his aggressor. We are currently awaiting the sentencing of the operator and continue to support Julián through counseling.

Julián's dreams of becoming a fireman were cut short however he still dreams of helping, healing and saving others. Through our legal and psychological support ITEMP is encouraging Julián to keep fighting and to reach for his dreams. 

Please help us continue to support Julián and other victims of abuse and human trafficking. Your donation, no matter the size, will make a big difference in the life of a child who is suffering from abuse, exploitation or human trafficking.  

With gratitude,

Rina Lazo
Director of Benefactor Services

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Feb 21, 2017

Gaspar's Story: Breaking the Chains of Generational Poverty

Gaspar is happy to be in school
Gaspar is happy to be in school

Poverty in Guatemala is often generational. One generation grows up with so little that they can't afford to go to school and then when they grow up they are only qualified for low-wage jobs that are often only seasonal or temporary making it impossible for them to send their children to school. Thanks to donors like you we are able to help break the cycle of generational poverty by allowing older than average students the opportunity to get the education and technical training that they need so that they can earn a living wage.

Gaspar is just one of the new students at the Scheel Center this year. He is 10 years old and lives in very poor conditions in a town called San Pedro las Huertas just outside of Antigua, Guatemala with his father and two siblings. Gaspar's mother was an alcoholic and often neglected and abused her children. She did not send her children to school nor did she provide them with proper nutrition. She would even beat them when they said they were hungry or felt sick. Gaspar's father, Miguel, spent most of his time working trying to support his family but he began to notice that Gaspar was not in good health and was underweight. Seeing that his wife was not giving the children the proper care he decided to separate from her and take custody of the children. His wife was happy to no longer have the burden of caring for the children and continued her life of drinking and parties.

Miguel never had the opportunity to go to school so he does the only work that he can find working for a large plantation owner picking coffee beans. As any father, Miguel wants the best for his children and works hard to keep them safe and tries to provide them with their basic needs. His meager earnings were not enough to pay for his children to go to school so Miguel came to the GOD'S CHILD Project asking for help before the beginning of this school year. Gaspar and his siblings were enrolled in our schools and given clothes and shoes. Most importantly they also began working with our psychologist to overcome the emotional scars they suffered at the hands of their own mother. Now the children are able to move on and get the education they need to break the chains of generational poverty. Miguel says, "Seeing my kids in school is the most important thing. Now I know they have a future."

We hope that you will conintue to support education for children and youth in Guatemala like Gaspar. Every dollar you give helps us give them hope and a future.

With gratitude,

Rina Lazo
Director of Benefactor Services
Gaspar
Gaspar's home

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Feb 17, 2017

Estiven's incredible recovery

Estiven a few days after arriving at Casa Jackson
Estiven a few days after arriving at Casa Jackson

This past December I saw a familiar face waiting to see the nutritionist at Casa Jackson for a follow-up appointment but I couldn't quite place her. I approached the woman and asked her child's name. "Estiven," she said and in my mind I went through the children we had cared for and sent home over the past few months and then it came to me, the healthy-looking 15 month old boy she held was the same child that had come to us just over a year before very severely malnourished. The difference was astonishing!

You may remember Estiven from an update we gave in December 2015. What wasn't mentioned then is that when Estiven came to us he was 2 months old and weighed just under 4 and a half pounds. He was tiny and was struggling to survive. Thanks to donors like you, we were able to provide Estiven with the medical care, vitamins and special formulas that he needed in order to grow, develop and eventually be released from Casa Jackson. Additionally, we were also able to teach Estiven's parents about nutrition so that once he went home he would continue to receive proper nutrition. It is clear that his mother took very close notes during these trainings because Estiven is now a very healthy and happy 15 month old. Estiven is still a bit behind in his development, which is one of the lasting effects of malnutrition, but his parents are working with him and he is progressing quite well. 

When cases like these come around we take a moment to celebrate. We celebrate you, our donors, staff and volunteers who make this possible, the mothers who heed our advice and make the necessary changes in their children's diet, and the children who have fought malnutrition and won. Thanks to donors like you we are able to celebrate time and again the recovery of children like Estiven but the need for help continues so we quickly return to caring for those that need it the most. With your help we can continue to fight malnutrition in children like Estiven through both treatment and prevention.

Thank you for your continued support of Casa Jackson!

Kendell Martell

Administrative Director of Casa Jackson

Estiven and his mom one year later
Estiven and his mom one year later

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