The GOD'S CHILD Project

The GOD'S CHILD Project's mission is "to break the bitter chains of poverty through education and formation." 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, 2013

Belmaris is Receiving her Dream of an Education

If you were to observe the Dreamer Center of Nuestros Ahijados you would see the smiling faces of the children as they run around, shouting, playing, and enjoying life.  Few people realize, however, the harsh reality that these children have come from. Belmaris Perez is one of our girls who can provide an example of the extreme poverty faced by so many families living in Guatemala.

 


Belmaris is from a family of ten children.  With nine brothers her parents had many mouths to feed and not a lot of money to do so.  Like many families from poverty stricken areas of Guatemala, they did not have a lot.  They did not even have their own home, but while the Perez family had a dual income they were able to afford a rented home.  It was quite small, but in decent condition compared to the countless other places they had called home for the past five years.  Some of these houses had been dirty and unsafe, but they provided a roof over the family’s heads.  

Mr. Perez does not have a stable job and is only able to contribute approximately Q. 2,300 monthly, which translates to roughly $300 US dollars.  Belmaris’ mother, had been working in a bakery, which provided more of an income for the large family to live on, but recently she had a pretty bad accident and was injured.  Unable to walk, Mrs. Perez could not afford other means to get to work, further stressing the family’s difficulties.

Yet another concern is that some time ago, Mrs. Perez came across three children who did not have a home.  These children, Hector, Cesar, and Astrid were abandoned by their father and had nowhere to go. Mrs. Perez did not have much to offer, but could not bear to leave these children to fend for themselves. She adopted them and they now live with the struggling family.

Belmaris often felt alone in the midst of the many children and parents preoccupied with finding a means to provide.  She is an extremely resilient child though.  She managed to remain positive the midst of her problematic and struggling household.  She always hoped for eventual change and the opportunity for education and success.  Mrs. Perez said that she had planned a good life for her children, but was saddened that this had not been successful.  She felt hopeless, never knowing if the family would come up with enough money to stay in their house or if they would have enough food for even a day.

When Nuestros Ahijados approached the Perez family they were so happy for the chance to attend school and gain an education, which is invaluable in a country like Guatemala.  They also have received economic help to support the large family.  Belmaris has received her dream of having an education and has been a part of Nuestros Ahijados for over eight years now.  She continues to receive good grades and grow in her knowledge and potential for success.

The Perez family is a wonderful example of the fact that poverty does not have to stop a child from achieving success.  There are countless other children who still need help.  We ask that you consider partnering with us to provide these children with the same future Belmaris is now enjoying.

Feb 27, 2013

History of Maria Amarilis Antonio Miguel

Amarilis is the daughter of Efrain Miguel and Maria Miguel Francisco, who live in Comunidad San Vicente Guanagazapa in the state of Escuintla, Guatemala.  Amarilis is the youngest of four and has 3 older brothers;  Francisco Antonio Miguel who is 12 years old, Moises Estuardo Antonio Miguel who is 8 years old and Diego Miguel Francisco who is 6 years old.  

The Miguel Francisco family has very few resources and presently they live with their in-laws because they do not have the necessary resources to construct or even rent their own home.

Taking into account that they are a farming family and work is seasonal, Maria has shared that they don't have the most basic resources like water, plumbing or even electricity.   Nor do they possess any type of furniture, they sleep on the ground and their clothes are stored in sacks.  Maria has an iron skillet that she uses for cooking; however, it belongs to her mother-in-law.

Maria has also shared that she finds herself in a desperate situation and recently, her daughter was admitted to Casa Jackson due to complications of malnutrition.  However, she is worried for the well-being of her other children because they are still at her mother-in-laws home that they share with her two brother-in-law's who treat the children very poorly.  They are very unstable men who regularly smoke marijuana and abuse drugs; she is tremendously uncomfortable and is fearful that something could happen to her children living there.  They do not contribute anything to the household, only her husband does, and the little food that he is able to bring home , her brothers-in-law and their friends with whom they do drugs, eat.

Maria has asked The GOD'S CHILD Project for its help in order to build a small house on a piece of land that her father left her so that she will be able to take her children from this environment and for the well-being of her family.

She is very Grateful to Casa Jackson and to the entire association for all of the help that it has given her daughter.

Feb 26, 2013

Seeing, Serving, & Speaking...

Seeing, Serving, and Speaking: An Experiment in Intentional Living
 

Considering the chaotic lifestyle prominent in Western culture, it is difficult to live an intentional and enriching lifestyle. Despite the bustling nature of life in the United States, the Foncea family constructed a countercultural move of a lifetime. Little did they know that as they left their home behind in the United States that they would be building new homes, futures, and hope for poverty stricken families in Guatemala.


Foncea family, parents of two teenagers heavily involved in year round sports, AP classes, and extracurricular mayhem, rarely had time to eat dinner together as a family. For years they discussed slowing down; jumping off of their merry-go-round way of life. But when and how could this small family accomplish such a daunting task? After months of prayer, in August 2012, the Foncea’s sold their home, cars, and possessions and promptly moved to Guatemala.


The Foncea’s affectionately entitled their year of living in Guatemala: The 3 S’s: Seeing, Serving, and Speaking. According to Dr. Foncea (the husband and father), “the goals of the year are to 1) show our children what life looks like outside the bubble of suburban North America,

2) spend more time serving others than having our own needs met, and 3) learn to speak Spanish.”


Their serving experience began in Antigua, Guatemala when the family was introduced to The GOD’S CHILD Project. The Foncea’s toured the campus and immediately fell in love with Casa Jackson. They began volunteering there as often as possible. Each day the family arrived at Casa Jackson, Saul or Esau ran to meet them at the stairs with open arms, Humberto sported a huge grin, and Joshua was always counted on for a snuggle. As they said, “these children share all that they have with us: their love.” The Foncea’s had the unique opportunity to walk alongside Guatemalan children as they were nourished back to health.


It is during their weeks at Casa Jackson that the Foncea’s discovered the opportunity to build a house for a family affiliated with The GOD’S CHILD Project. The family joined a group from the United States as they built 5 homes for extremely poor families in Guatemala. Their teenage children cherished each moment that a Guatemalan family was presented with the keys to their new safe haven. For $2,000, the Foncea’s typical Christmas expenditure, they were able to invest in the life-changing gift of a brand new home. Usually around the holidays, many of us are making lists, trying to think of unnecessary things to put on them, and racing to numerous holiday parties and events. As Dr. Foncea said, “I don’t think we will ever view the holiday season the same way again.” On December 13, 14, and 15 the Foncea’s mixed concrete, painted walls, and cut the boards that provided a family with a sense of security and warmth they were once lacking.


The GOD’S CHILD Project empowers Guatemalan families by providing homes for the homeless. Every human being deserves a warm, dry, and safe place to call home. Their current substandard homes constructed of cornstalks, plastic, and if the family is lucky, corrugated tin, crushes hope, causes health problems, and works against family unity. Could you imagine a home no bigger than your closet where the floors are dirt, the doors and windows don’t lock, and your entire family must learn to survive in these tiny living quarters?


Your prayers and support literally construct new lives for impoverished families in Guatemala. Will you partner with us in providing this basic human right?


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