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.
Aug 31, 2016

A new beginning for Vilma

Vilma is a sweet 10 year old girl studying at the Dreamer Center School, which is funded by The GOD’S CHILD Project. She is in 4th grade and at her young age Vilma has already suffered a great deal and has been a victim of poverty and inadequate living conditions, which no child deserves.  Despite of all of her problems Vilma is fighting to move forward and break the bitter chains of poverty through education.

Vilma’s father was in jail for 3 years for sexual aggression towards one of his nephews.  When he was released from jail, he moved back home with his wife and 4 children.  Vilma´s parents earned little income which made it difficult for them to provide their children with proper housing. They lived in one room in poor conditions and all shared one bed. After seeing the family’s need the GOD’S CHILD Project, with the help of a volunteer Service Team, built a home for the family with bunk beds so that each child could sleep in their own bed.

Knowing Vilma’s situation the school psychologist started to see her in order to learn more about her family and help her deal with her family situation.  During one of her sessions with the psychologist, Vilma began to talk about how her father would touch her inappropriately and once the school psychologist learned that Vilma was being sexually abused by her father her case was turned over to ITEMP.

ITEMP notified the authorities so that they could begin an investigation and the father was immediately removed from Vilma’s home to protect her and her siblings.   They still live together with their mother but Vilma and her siblings no longer fear their father and what he might do to them. Vilma continues to do well in school and takes advantage of the free psychological care that the GOD’S CHILD Project has to offer to help her overcome her past and look forward to a brighter future.

Thanks to donors like you we are able to fight for justice and start the healing process for Vilma and other victims of abuse and human trafficking. Please consider continuing your support for ITEMP by making another donation or sharing this story with your friends and family.

 

Thank you for your continued support of ITEMP!

 

RinaLazo

Director of Donations

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Aug 30, 2016

Twins have arrived at Casa Jackson!

Alex and Marcos
Alex and Marcos

Having twins can be difficult enough when a family has a great support system and is financially stable but imagine the difficulty of raising twins when you can't find a steady job because of your lack of education. That is exactly the situation that Cindy and her husband found themselves in.

Four months ago Cindy gave birth to twin boys, Marcos and Alex. Because of the family's economic situation Cindy was unable to take prenatal vitamins and other precautions during her pregnancy which resulted in Marcos and Alex having lung problems and developing bronchopneumonia. Because of complications during pregnancy Alex was also born at a much lower birth weight than Marcos, with Alex weighing just 3 pounds and his twin weighing 6 pounds. The twins were treated in the hospital where they were born for bronchopneumonia and then referred to Casa Jackson so that they could be treated for malnutrition as well. Marco and Alex were admitted to Casa Jackson in July and because of their severe malnutrition it will likely take them a few months to reach their ideal weight but so far they have been making great progress. 

Cindy and her husband are very happy that little Marcos and Alex are able to receive such good care at no cost. Besides helping Marcos and Alex recover the Project has also given their 6 year old brother clothes and shoes and has provided the family with food to help cover the many necesities they have at home.

Thanks to your support we are able to help babies like litte Marcos and Alex recover from malnutrition while educating their parents on proper nutrition and hygiene to prevent future incidents. With almost 50% of children under five being malnurished in Guatemala the need is great but thanks to your donations we are winning the battle one case at a time. Please consider continuing your support by making another donation or sending this update to friends and family.

Thanks for your continued support of Casa Jackson!

 

Rina Lazo

Director of Casa Jackson

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Aug 29, 2016

Roberto's first year of school

Roberto is 9 years old and started his first year of school this January at the Scheel Center. Roberto was unable to start school at an earlier age because his family couldn't afford it. From a very young age Roberto would go to work with is father since his family is quite large. His father works hard to support his family however he doesn't have a steady job and instead takes whatever work he can find making it difficult to provide for his family's basic needs. Roberto's mother has some mental health issues due to problems with an ex-boyfriend and has made several suicide attempts.

Despite his tough family life and starting school at an older age, Roberto is a very good students and consistently attends class. He studies hard because he would like to be a psychologist when he grows up so he can help people with mental health issues. Roberto not only receives an education at the Scheel Center but also gets breakfast and lunch and sees our psychologist, which are benefits available for all students of the Scheel Center. Roberto is off to a good start towards a brighter future and we are looking forward to seeing how he grows over his years at the Scheel Center.

Thanks to your donations we are able to give children like Roberto the education they need to get a decent paying job and support their families. Not only that, we are also provide them with free services to meet their immediate needs like medical, dental and psychological care, legal services, two meals a day and clothes and shoes.

Please consider continuing your support of education by making another donation or sharing this story with your friends and family.

Thank you for your continued support of the Scheel Center!

 

Rina Lazo

Director of Donations

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