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.
Jun 2, 2016

How you can help babies like Sheili recover!

Sheili is finally strong enough to eat.
Sheili is finally strong enough to eat.

Dear Friend of Casa Jackson,

Thank you so much for your past donation! We really could not do the important work of helping babies recover from malnutrition without the help of friends like you. I am writing to let you know of another great opportunity for you to help us continue this important work. On Wednesday, June 15th, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 50% match on all donations up to $110,000! Please consider starting a recurring donation during this period. Your donation will help care for and feed malnourished babies like Sheili as well as provide quality nutritional education for parents.  

Sheili, who is 6 months old, was referred to us by the health center in her hometown of Sumpango after they had treated her for severe malnutrition, repository problems, and lactose intolerance. She was checked-in to Casa Jackson on April 4th, 2016 with severe malnutrition.

Sheili’s mother and father are both from very poor families, where education was not considered as important as working to provide for their families. Therefore, neither of her parents have received a formal education adding to the financial burdens at home as they are both farm hands.  

Sheili’s mother is very thankful for the help that the project is giving to her daughter. Thanks to the Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants Sheili is starting the recovery process and receives the help that she needs to grow big and strong. Her mother also receives the support she needs with meals, therapy and nutritional education.

With almost 50% of children under 5 in Guatemala suffering from malnutrition Sheili’s story is far too familiar. With your help we can fight malnutrition in Guatemala from both ends through both prevention and treatment.

 

Thank you for your continued support of Casa Jackson!

 

Melissa Schroden
Director of Special Opportunities and Donations 
Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG
melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org

 

P.S. - If you would like to take advantage of the match opportunity please go to our Global Giving page between 9am and midnight on June 15th! Thank you in advance for your support and dedication to our children at Casa Jackson. 

 

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Jun 2, 2016

Angel received a second chance because of you.

An example of a coffee farmer from Guatemala.
An example of a coffee farmer from Guatemala.

Dear supporters and friends of The GOD'S CHILD Project,

Thank you very much for your continued support and prayers for the children here in Guatemala. Without the constant support of individuals like you we would not be able to help change the lives of children who were once abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, or living on the streets of Guatemala, like Angel.

Angel comes from a very poor family. His mother has had to work very hard outside of her home since she was a young girl, first to help support her parent’s family, and now to support Angel and his two older siblings. Angel´s father walked out on them when he found out that his mother was pregnant again, leaving the four of them with very large financial problems and few economic resources.

Silvia, Angel´s grandmother, saw how hard this was on the family and how hard her daughter was struggling to raise her children and provide for them while working hard to keep them as safe as she could.

Silvia quickly became concerned about the welfare of her daughter and three grandchildren ever since her son-in-law left the home. She knows that her daughter does not have the resources to cover the expense of so many children, she had no income. The only money she received was cutting coffee with her two oldest daughters in Escuintla.

The family lived in poor conditions in a house with no beds or running water that had walls made of sugarcane, a roof of old corrigated sheet metal and a dirt floor. The only means that they had to stay warm at night was to sleep close together and cover up with the one thick blanket they owned. Silvia says “I used to just cry at night, worried about them and their safety, I wished I could do more and provide them with a safe warm place to live, but I just didn´t have the resources to help my daughter and her children.”

In the end of 2010 The GOD´S CHILD Project found them and provided them with the construction of a new home. It is a small home but one that provides basic security, and greatly improves the quality of life within the small family. They were also provided quality social services through our social workers including clothing and shoes.

Months later our ITEMP program supported the family by enrolling the youngest child, Angel in school. The program is also providing his family with food, medical attention, and anything else that is necessary for his family to begin to break through the chains of poverty.  

Angel is currently studying at the Technical Education Center Scheel and is in sixth grade. He is a very studious child and likes to support his peers in the classroom. Angel´s sisters are studying at the Municipal School of Alotenango and also work to help the family. Overall this family has greatly improved their quality of life and has overcome academic, economic, and psychological problems together as a family partnered with The GOD´S CHILD Project.

Silvia and the staff at The GOD’ S CHILD Project are all very proud of Angel´s accomplishments and look forward to seeing how quickly he is able to reach his goals throughout his educational endeavors. Silvia said with a huge smile, “though it has been difficult to walk in poverty my whole life, it was even harder to watch my daughter and grandchildren suffer from the same circumstances. I am so happy that they are now doing better and are able to see a future that I only dreamt of. May God bless all of the people who have helped my family and others like mine.”

Please help us continue to support Angel and the other children like him that come to us through the ITEMP program. Your generous contribution today will provide the continued education for the once abandoned children. Also, please consider sharing this story of Angel and how he is overcoming some of life’s greatest challenges and looks to the future with great enthusiasm.  As each child grows, learns, and sees that their dreams are possible we are breaking the chains of poverty, one child at a time.

Many blessings to you and yours,

 

Melissa Schroden

Director of Special Opportunities and Donations

melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org

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May 31, 2016

Susan strives to do better!

The psychologist working in a small group.
The psychologist working in a small group.

Dear supporters and friends of The GOD'S CHILD Project,

Thank you very much for your continued support and prayers for the children here in Guatemala. Without the constant support of individuals like you we would not be able to help change the lives of children who were once abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, or living on the streets of Guatemala, like Susan.

Susan is a 10 year old girl who is currently living with her grandmother in Jocotenango, close to our Scheel Center Technical School where she is proud to say she is studying in the 3rd grade. She has been fortunate to have a loving grandmother, who stepped in and took legal action against her parents, when she found out that Susan and her siblings were being physically and verbally abused by their parents. 

Susan´s parents suffer from alcoholism, psychological problems, and are unable to hold down employment, making their home life very volatile. Ana, Susan´s grandmother, was able to rescue the four children and has protected them legally from their parents through the help of The GOD´S CHILD Project. 

As members of our project the grandmother and the four children are receiving psychological care, legal counsel, education, access to the Mother´s Club, medical treatment, food, and support. 

Despite Susan´s painful history and current challenges she loves to study and likes to help her grandmother with household chores. As she is the youngest child, she is responsible for helping around the house and studying hard to do well in school.  

Her grandmother and the staff at The GOD’ S CHILD Project are all very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to seeing how quickly she is able to reach her goals throughout her educational endeavors. Her grandmother said with a huge smile, “though it has been difficult for her and her siblings, I am so happy to see how far Susan has come. It has been hard for all of us, but due to the help of The GOD’S CHILD Project we are able to see a brighter future for all the children, and are very grateful for all of the support we are receiving especially for her education.”

Please help us continue to support Susan and the other children like her at the Scheel Center. Your generous contribution today will provide the continued education for the once abandoned children. Also, please consider sharing this story of Susan and how she is overcoming some of life’s greatest challenges and looks to the future with great enthusiasm.  As each child grows, learns, and sees that their dreams are possible we are breaking the chains of poverty, one child at a time.

Many blessings to you and yours,

 

Melissa Schroden

Director of Special Opportunities and Donations

melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org

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