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.
May 10, 2016

Max dreams of helping others when he grows up!

Meet Max!
Meet Max!

Meet Max!

He is from San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepequez. His family is very poor, as they are supported solely by his mother. His biological father left him and his mother a number of years ago because he felt that the economic circumstances were too much for him to deal with.

Since he left Max´s mother has worked any form of job she can find because she doesn´t have the academic qualifications or work experience to land a well paid full time job. Therefore many of the jobs that she finds are low pay, and instable hours. She is fortunate to receive a little help from her brothers at times, however as they too have their own families, this help is only available sometimes when they too have a little money to spare. Most commonly this support is in the form of food that the brother’s wives cook and bring to Max´s home to share.

Max´s mother decided to seek help for her son, someplace where he would be able to attend school. She knows all too well the importance of a good education, and the limitations that are put on a person who does not have the proper education. She says, “I feared I wouldn´t have the money necessary for Max´s education or really to provide him with a good childhood.”

Through her neighbors she received information about The GOD´S CHILD Project and the programs that we offer to the children, mothers, and families that belong to our programs. Cecila was especially interested in getting Max a good education and possibly having a home built to help protect them from the weather and danger of living in her poorly constructed home.

The GOD´S CHILD Project intervened immediately with a social work visit, quickly realizing the severity of their poverty, their home life circumstances, and their family´s need for assistance.

We are proud to say that Max is currently studying at the Dreamer Center and receiving all of the benefits offered to our children and families including: school supplies, food, a comprehensive education, and a house which was built for him and his mother to live in with dignity.  

Thanks to the services of The GOD´S CHILD Project, Max has many new found hopes and dreams for a better life. He dreams of becoming a professional businessman and help his mother and other families combat poverty, so that future children don´t have to grow up and suffer the same life that he has.

Our teachers work hard every day to give Max and all the other students at the Dreamer Center a comprehensive education that instills strong values, morals, and faith in what the future holds for each of them. Through providing them a place where they are nurtured, cared for, and educated we are breaking the chains of poverty one child at a time. Please help us foster more dreams, educate more children, and change more lives one at a time, just like Max.   

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Apr 15, 2016

A new life for Francisco and his family

Francisco
Francisco's son Javier in front of his old house

Before the help of the GOD´S CHILD Project Francisco never could have dreamed of better living conditions for his family. Like many Guatemalans, Francisco was unable to go to school when he was younger because his parents couldn't afford it. Because of his lack of education the only work he can find is as a day-laborer which is an unstable job and makes very little money. With the little money that he makes Francisco has struggled to support his wife and three children with the very basics. In their village of Parramos people believe that girls should learn to be wives and mothers and have no need to go to school. Because of this Lucía, Francisco's wife, also lacks the education necessary to find a decent paying job and stays home to take care of their 3 children.

When the GOD'S CHILD Project visited the family they were living in poor conditions in house made of wood and old sheets of metal with a dirt floor. The house did not protect the family from the elements especially during the cold and rainy season and the children would often get sick. The GOD'S CHILD Project decided to help the family with a new home because it was clear that there was no way that Francisco could afford to improve his family's living conditions on his own. In March of this year a team of volunteers helped build a new, safe, and healthy home for Francisco and his family. Francisco can now rest easy knowing that his family will stay dry this rainy season and can use any savings he has to invest in his children's education so that they can have more job opportunities when they grow up.

Thanks to the support of our volunteers and donors the GOD'S CHILD Project was able to provide a new home and a brighter future to Francisco and his family. Please consider sharing Francisco's story so that we can continue to help other families like his.   

The family & volunteers in front of the new home
The family & volunteers in front of the new home
Apr 11, 2016

Melany's drive to bring her family to a new level

Melany recieving her new backpack for school!
Melany recieving her new backpack for school!

Melany is currently studying sixth grade at Delfina Diaz Municipal School of El Salvador, and has been a part of The GOD´S CHILD Project for six years.  

Melany has survived many difficult situations especially those that have affected her personal health and the health of her mother. Melany frequently becomes ill and has a severe allergic reaction on her scalp, and if not treated quickly it becomes a fungus infection. Just as it had when she first became a part of the program.

When she was first brought to the project's office she had been suffering from a very rapidly spreading fungus infection that originated on her scalp and had moved down to her face. She was immediately treated at the clinic and provided the appropriate medications to help clear up the fungus quickly allowing her a full recovery.  During the same meeting she was enrolled into the program allowing her, her brother, and parents to receive benefits including education, food, and medical care.

She quickly became interested in studying and grasped concepts very quickly as the star of her class. She is always excited to tell people about how she wants to be a civil engineer when she grows up. But her reason why is what always makes our staff smile, “I want to take my family forward, bring them to a better way of life, show them that we too can make it, and chase our dreams like our teachers say.”

Melany is always happy to lend a hand and help her family in anything that she can, especially her mother. Every day before school she helps her mother get things ready for the day including cleaning up the house, cooking, and taking care of her brother. This is important especially now as her mother has been diagnosed with uterine cancer, and all the support from Melany helps her be able to rest and recover. Melany´s help paired with the financial support for the household expenses by The GOD´S CHILD Project helps to keep the family together and healthy.

We always look forward to hearing about how Melany is chasing her dreams, helping her family, and truly embracing her new opportunities thanks to the generosity you as donors have allowed into her life. We hope you enjoyed this brief look into her world and will consider sharing her story with your family and friends as well.

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