The GOD'S CHILD Project

The GOD'S CHILD Project's mission is "to break the bitter chains of poverty through education and formation." 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 8, 2015

Studying for a Brighter Future

Carlos is 7 years old and at his young age has already suffered many problems at home. His mom was in a gang in the capital and his father was an alcoholic who would beat his wife and children. Carlos was raised by his grandmother however she passed away from uterine cancer at the beginning of the year so he is now in the care of his father.

The family lives in poor conditions in a house made of sheets of metal and a dirt floor. The family doesn’t have the resources to build a dignified home. While the grandmother was still alive she came to the God’s Child Project asking for help with the construction of a home. Unfortunately the Project could not help them with the construction of a home because the land that they live on is not their own and the owner could kick them out at any time.

However, because the Project knew the needs of the family they were given sheets of metal so that they could cover the holes in the house. Carlos was also registered at the Dreamer’s Center school and receives all of the benefits of the school to improve his quality of life.

Currently Carlos is in first grade and has average grades but is studying hard to learn more each day. Carlos does not have contact with his mother but his father, who is no longer drinking, and his aunt take care of him. Carlos has improved his grades since he started at the Dreamer’s Center where he receives and education, food, as well as a beautiful place to go to school.

Carlos is very happy to attend the Dreamer’s Center and would like to be a successful person. 

May 6, 2015

From the Dump to the Classroom

Magda* is 8 years old and is from Masagua, Escuintla. Her parents never had the chance to go to school because they had to work as children to help support their families. There used to be 15 people in Magda’s family however due to different circumstances 5 of her siblings passed away and 2 have started their own families so now she just lives with her parents and 5 siblings.

The family lived on a plantation called El Socorro in Masagua for 30 years. Five years ago they decided to move to their current home. Upon moving there they realized that to earn money they needed to collect recyclables from the municipal dump of Escuintla.

There Magda, her parents and her sisters picked out recyclable material from the garbage since they were only able to earn enough to put food on the table if all of them were working. The girls were never able to go to school because they had to work. Magda worked from 9 to 5 every day and earned Q40 a day which she gave to her mother. Magda and her sisters collected cans and sold them in the dump.

ITEMP found out about the case and Magda and her sisters were entered into the program so that they could quit working in the dump and get the education that they need so that when they grow up they can have a job with a decent wage. They were also given economical support, clothes, shoes, psychological care and medical exams. The mother was given the opportunity to take jewelry-making and literacy classes. Magda and her sisters want to continue in school and help their parents get out of poverty. Magda´s mom is very thankful for the help that ITEMP has provided her family with. 

 

*Name has been changed to protect the child's identity

May 1, 2015

A Healthy Home for Mario and His Family

Mario works as a day laborer picking coffee, fruits and vegetables, whatever is in season at the time. This is very sporadic work and he often finds himself without work for days at a time making it difficult for him to support his family. He and his wife Tomasa share the responsibility of providing for the family. Tomasa sells weavings that she has made to help support her family. She spends many hours weaving each product but earns very little for each one, about Q200 per item. She does not have repeat customers so she often has to go out looking for people to buy her products.

Of the three children in the family, Julia, Mayra and Luis, only Julia goes to school because the other two are still very young. The family lives in a house made out of sheets of metal and corn stalks. There are even parts that are made out of a tent-like material. Because the structure that the family is living in lacks protection from the rain and cold the children often get sick and Mario and Tomasa have little money to pay for their medical expenses.

Mario and Tomasa do not have money to pay for materials to improve their home. As a result the family often gets sick when the weather is bad due to the cold and dampness. Because of this the God’s Child Project helped them by building them a new home so that the family, especially the children, would have a safe and healthy place to live and be protected from the elements so that they would not get sick as often.

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