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 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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Aug 5, 2016

From parking cars to the classroom

Damaris and Ana are originally from Guatemala City and have suffered a lot in their short lives. Their father, who is from Honduras, was very aggressive and used drugs and alcohol. He did not have a steady job and instead spent his time stealing and would arrive home high on drugs and would abuse Damaris and Ana as well as their mother. Later he decided to return to his country leaving his family abandoned and with no means to survive.

After they were abandoned the mother of the family became part of a group of extortionists which put her daughters at risk. In March of 2012 she participated in an armed attack on a taxi for which she was arrested and sentenced to 14 years of prison for attempted homicide. The girls were then left in the care of their grandmother though they suffered from many psychological problems due to all they had seen.

In October of 2014 their grandmother passed away from diabetes and since then the girls have been cared for by their grandfather who works very hard washing cars and doing some construction work. He earns very little, barely enough to survive, however he has dedicated himself to caring for his granddaughters.

While he was working washing cars the girls would work helping him park the cars instead of attending school and were exposed to all sorts of abuse in the streets. In September of 2015 one of the directors of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados saw the girls working and decided to tell the grandfather about the services offered by the Project and encouraged him to seek help there.

Since then the social work and legal department have been working on the girls’ case. They were given psychological and medical care as well as food and they were enrolled in the Dreamer Center school so that they could get an education.

The girls’ lives have changed completely thanks to donors like you. Now instead of working the girls go to school and their grandfather has peace of mind knowing that his granddaughters are in good hands where they receive food and education helping them to break the bitter chains of poverty so that they have a better present and will have a better future.

Please consider making another donation to help support Damaris, Ana and other children with similar situations so that they can get off the streets and into classrooms. 

 With Gratitude,

Rina Lazo

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