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.
Oct 10, 2016

Gloria and her family receive a new home

Gloria & her family & volunteers with the new home
Gloria & her family & volunteers with the new home

When the GOD'S CHILD Project visited Gloria she was living with her husband and four sons in a house made of plywood that was in very poor conditions. The house was given to the family by the government in 1976 when their previous house had been destroyed by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that shook Guatemala. After four decades the house was now deteriorating and the roof was full of holes so every time it rained the few belongings that they had would get wet (keep in mind that it rains about 6 months out of the year).  

Gloria's husband Antonio is the main economic support of the family. He works as a farmhand but this work is sporadic based on the sowing and harvesting of different crops so once one crop is done he looks for work on another plantation or elsewhere in order to continue to support his family. Gloria works a few days a week cleaning house for other families but earns very little. Neither Antonio nor Gloria has the education necessary to find a better paying and more stable job. 

Because of this the family struggled just to get by and had been unable to make any improvements to their living conditions and the GOD'S CHILD Project decided to help them with the construction of a new home. During the home dedication ceremony the family thanked both the volunteers and the GOD'S CHILD Project for making their dream of a safer and healthier place to live come true.

Thanks to supporters like you we are able to make dreams come true and provide safer and healthier homes to Guatemalan families in need like Antonio's. We hope that you will continue to support our work by participating in a ServiceTeam of your own, sharing this story with your friends and family, or by donating to the project.  

Thank you for all that you do for the GOD'S CHILD Project!

With gratitude,

Rina Lazo

Director of Benefactor Services

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Oct 3, 2016

Meet the future Dr. Lea!

The future Dr. Lea
The future Dr. Lea

Lea and her three siblings began to receive help from the GOD'S CHILD Project in 2009 because of their lack of economic resources. Their father worked raising animals and didn't make enough to provide for his family so the GOD'S CHILD Project stepped in to make sure the children were able to continue in school by providing them with a scholarship, school supplies, clothes, shoes, and rice and beans. 

Of the four siblings Lea stands out the most. After graduating as a nurse's assistant she is now going to college to become a doctor. She is not only going to school but is also working as a nurse at a private clinic in El Salvador. Unfortunately she is looking for new work opportunities because she is currently the main support for her family and earns very little. Lea is very grateful to the Project and all of our supporters for the support that they have provided her and her family. She says, "Without the help of the Project becoming a doctor and providing for my family would be an impossible dream. Thank you for helping me make my dream a reality."

Indeed, thank you for helping make Lea's and many other children's dreams a reality in El Salvador through your generous support. We hope that you will continue to support our cause by making another donation, sharing Lea's story with your friends and family, or following us on Facebook for even more updates. 

With Gratitude,

Rina Lazo

Director of Benefactor Services

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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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