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.
Nov 29, 2016

Hope for Sarai

Child abuse is all too common in Guatemala with the majority of children being abused by a family member and most of them in their own homes. The GOD’S CHILD Project works to protect these children from their abusers and has seen over 100 cases of child abuse just this year. Saraí is just one of the children that we have protected and are helping to give a brighter future to.

Saraí is a sweet 11 year old girl from San Pedro las Huertas just a few minutes’ drive from Antigua, Guatemala. Unfortunately Saraí’s life was marked be abuse even before she was born. Saraí's mother, Rosa, was physically abused by her parents and forced to work at a very young age. Lacking love and affection from her family she decided to look elsewhere and found it with a neighbor. He took advantage of her vulnerability and sexually abused her on numerous occasions. Despite the abuse Rosa stayed with him and they formed a family together. Over the years Rosa had two boys and one girl, Saraí.

When Saraí was 9 years old her father began to abuse her sexually as well. Rosa realized what was happening and decided that she didn’t want her daughter to suffer what she had gone through. Although she was very afraid she came to the GOD’S CHILD Project for help. ITEMP took over the case and reported it to the authorities who took him into custody. He is currently in jail waiting for sentencing to see how many years he will serve.

Saraí currently attends the Dreamer Center (a GOD’S CHILD Project funded elementary school) and she and her brothers also receive psychological support to overcome the trauma they suffered at the hands of their father. The family also receives food, clothes, shoes and other basic necessities. Saraí is a bright girl who is a very talented artist. She is an introvert but likes to go to school and is on time and very respectful. She dreams of becoming an artist.

Thanks to supporters like you, Saraí is now able to attend school without the fear of what her father will do to her when she goes home. Instead she can now do her homework, play with her brothers or work on her latest masterpiece. Please join us in giving Saraí and others like her the chance to be children again. 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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Nov 28, 2016

Esther and her mother recover together

Esther is growing and improving every day
Esther is growing and improving every day

Dear friend of Casa Jackson,

In this season of thanks we would like to thank all of our donors, volunteers, supporters and friends for supporting us in the fight against malnutrition in Guatemala. With nearly 50% of all children under the age of 5 being malnourished in Guatemala there is still a lot of work left to do and we couldn’t do it without your support. Thanks to you, we are able to not only provide medical care so that these precious little ones are able to recover from malnutrition but we are also able to teach parents about proper nutrition and hygiene to help prevent future cases of malnutrition as well as provide psychological care to those families who need it. 

Esther and her mother are just one of the many families that we have helped this year. Esther is one year old and is from Escuintla, Guatemala. Her mother was being abused by her father so they separated leaving Esther’s mother to raise the little girl on her own with no economic support from the father. Esther’s mother suffered psychologically from the abuse which caused her to develop a negative attitude towards little Esther. Because of this negativity she no longer fed or took care of Esther as much as she used to causing Esther to become severely malnourished and also causing her to suffer from upper respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis.

Esther was referred to us by a health center in Escuintla and was admitted to Casa Jackson in October where she was diagnosed with severe malnutrition and digestive problems. Over the past month Esther’s health has improved as she gains weight and grows stronger and her mother is also receiving the support that she needs by visiting our psychologist. The two are recovering together, one from malnutrition and the other from the trauma of domestic violence and as the weeks pass both are learning to smile again and are becoming stronger.

Thanks to donors like you we are able to provide quality care to malnourished infants like Esther and hope to their families. Please share this story with your friends and family and consider donating to help us continue this very important work. Every donation, large or small helps us to lower the high rate of malnutrition in Guatemala. Thank you in advance for helping us win the fight against malnutrition.

With gratitude,

Rina Lazo
Director of Casa Jackson

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Nov 23, 2016

Celebrating graduation + Dariana's story

Our 9th grade graduates show off their diplomas
Our 9th grade graduates show off their diplomas

This October we celebrated the graduation of 19 underprivileged youth who finished junior high and 14 who finished 6th grade at the Scheel Center! This is a huge accomplishment for any child in Guatemala, but especially for students who come from such disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of our students began working at a very young age and didn’t have the opportunity to go to school until much later than their peers. These young men and women have seen first-hand that without an education there are very few job opportunities that will allow them to provide for their families which is a great motivator for them to continue their studies.

Once our students graduate from the Scheel Center they are given a scholarship to continue studying at a local school which helps them pay for school fees, uniforms, and school supplies and many of our graduates take advantage of this opportunity to further their education and reach their goals of becoming a professional. Dariana is one example of a Scheel Center graduate who continues to fight against all odds to further her education.

Dariana continues her education after graduating from the Scheel Center

Dariana is 20 years old and graduated from 9th grade at the Scheel Center last year. Dariana was born without hands and her feet were also not properly formed which causes pain when she walks. Dariana may have a physical disability but that hasn’t stopped her from going to school or dreaming big.

Dariana's father abandoned the family and left her mother to care for her 3 daughters on her own. Finding it hard to make ends meet, Dariana's mother sent her to Antigua to beg for money on the streets when she was just 6 years old. Between begging on the streets and selling candy and gum on the bus-ride home she brought home about Q100 ($13) a day. Her mother saw this as a much better option than sending her to school so Dariana spent 4 years begging and selling candy on the streets of Antigua before she made the decision to go to school at the age of 10. She quickly realized that she could be like all the other little girls and that her disability didn't have to keep her from attending school.

Dariana began 7th grade at the Scheel Center in 2013 and excelled in areas like drawing and painting and also worked well with her classmates and earned excellent grades. She went on to graduate from the Scheel Center last year and just finished her first year of high school where she is studying accounting and where she is, once again, at the top of her class. Dariana hopes to go on to college so that she can become a professional someday. We are proud of the young lady that she has become and are looking forward seeing her continue to grow academically and professionally in the years to come. 

Thanks to donors like you we are able to provide education and hope to many underprivileged youth like Dariana each year. If you feel moved by this update to donate we encourage you to do so on #GivingTuesday starting November 29th at 12:01AM EST when all donations made on GlobalGiving will receive a 50% match and any new recurring donations will receive a 200% match making your donation go even further to help break the bitter chains of poverty through education and formation.

 

Dariana working on a project at the Scheel Center
Dariana working on a project at the Scheel Center

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