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 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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Jul 12, 2016

A tough choice for Jose

Jose
Jose's house before

The families that the GOD'S CHILD Project builds homes for are hard-working families that are trying their best to make improvements to their living situation but for most of them, because of their lack of education, they are unable to get steady, well-paid jobs that would allow them to better provide for their families. 

Jose is the father of one such family. Jose, his wife and their five children lived in a house made of cornstalk walls and a tin roof with a dirt floor.  During the rainy season water would enter the house making everything damp and uncomfortable. Jose and his oldest son were the only ones working to support the family of seven and both earned very little money which meant that Jose was faced with the tough decision of either making improvements to the family's home or sending his children to school. Jose says "I chose to send the kids to school because I want them to have a better future. I want them to have the opportunities that I never had." 

Upon visiting the family the GOD'S CHILD Project could see that Jose was doing everything that he could to help his family so we decided that they would be good candidates for a home build. At the ceremony to hand the house over to the family the family showed their gratitude with words of thanks, hugs and some tears for the help of the GOD'S CHILD Project and our volunteers who helped make their dream of a new home a reality.

Thanks to donors like you we are able to provide safe, healthy homes to families like Jose's in Guatemala. Please consider making another donation so that we can continue to help these families achieve their dreams. Of if you are interested in becoming part of a build team and seeing the work we do first-hand please contact ServiceTeams@ANAGuatemala.org. 

With Gratitude,

Rina Lazo

Director of Donations

Some of Jose
Some of Jose's family in front of their new home

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Jul 7, 2016

Blanca dreams of becoming a teacher

Thanks to your support we are able to help make dreams come true for children in El Salvador like Blanca.

Blanca is currently in 5th grade at a local school in Guazapa, El Salvador. She is the oldest of 4 siblings and has grown up in the care of her grandmother since her mother couldn't afford to take care of her. Blanca's grandmother is of an advanced age and doesn't have a steady job so one of Blanca's cousins is the main economic support for the family.

Blanca is a very responsible young lady and always does her homework and also helps her grandmother around the house. Blanca says "I hope to graduate and become a teacher so that I can help my mom and live with her and my siblings again."

Blanca has been with the Asociación Nuestros Ahijados del Salvador for 6 years receiving food (rice and beans) as well as a monthly scholarship and other services that the Project provides. The family was also living in house in very poor condition so the Project also helped them with the construction of a new home.

Blanca is very happy to be a part of the project. She works hard every day to be a better person and to fight her way out of the poverty that she is currently living. She walks an hour everyday to go to school so that she can improver her situation. 

Because of your past donation we are able to give children like Blanca an education and help make their dreams of a better life come true. Please consider continuing your support for Educate Street Children in El Salvador by sending another donation or sharing Blanca's story with your friends and family.

 
   

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