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.
Mar 16, 2016

A Safe Home for Cristobal and His Family

Cristobal and his family next to their old home.
Cristobal and his family next to their old home.

Dear friends,

Thank you for your ongoing support towards building families safe, warm, and comfortable homes in Guatemala. We are pleased to share this story of a house you helped build with your generous donation to the God’s Child Project. 

Before the help of The GOD´S CHILD Project Cristobal worried about how he would provide for his wife, Ana, and their five children and protect them from the elements. Cristobal works as a day laborer since he does not have the education necessary to find a better paying and more stable job. This made it very hard for Cristobal to put food on the table let alone save up any money to make improvements on their home. Ana takes care of her children and doesn’t work outside of the home. Because of the family's economic situation two of the children don’t currently go to school.

The family used to sleep in a makeshift room mostly made up of sheets of plastic with a few sheets of metal which barely protected the family from the elements, especially now during the cold months, causing the children to get sick often. The family doesn’t own any home appliances and barely even has a dresser to store their clothes. The rest of their clothes are stored in bags.

In February of 2016, The GOD´S CHILD Project volunteers were able to build the family a new home thanks to the help of donors offering monetary support for the building materials and volunteers willing to work along side one of our skilled laborer. 

Cristobal and Ana now live in a home with sturdy walls and a concrete floor. For the first time, the family also has a door that locks to keep them and their five children safe. 

There are many families in Guatemala in a situation similar to Cristobal and Ana’s. Thanks to donors and volunteers The GOD´S CHILD Project has been able to provide new homes to over 1,000 families in Guatemalan villages. With your generous contributions - we can continue to provide many more! 

We hope you will consider sharing this families story, and your donor story with others so that we can continue to raise funds and build homes for more families like this one. 

 

Blessings,

 

Melissa Schroden
Director of Special Opportunities and Donations
The GOD’S CHILD Project | ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons)
“Breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation”
Guatemala | El Salvador | Malawi | India | United States
All five children enjoying time together.
All five children enjoying time together.
The family, service team members, and the NEW HOME
The family, service team members, and the NEW HOME

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Mar 15, 2016

A New Life for Sasha and Lucky

Dear Supporters of ITEMP,

Thank you for your past support of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (ITEMP)! Without people like you we could not fight human trafficking and child labor in Guatemala and around the world. Your support not only helps us to prevent human trafficking and exploitation, but also helps us to rescue and provide rehabilitation to trafficking victims and potential trafficking victims. 

Your generous contribution allows us to help many different types of victims - including Sasha and Lucky, who are now flourishing here in Guatemala.  These two young girls were living with their maternal grandmother when ITEMP rescued them from sexual abuse, which was allowed by their grandmother. Three years ago their mother passed away, and their only option was to move in with their grandmother in Guatemala City. She allowed her partner to have sex with them and some of his friends. 

The girls were rescued by ITEMP and are now receiving all the necessary support by the organization guaranteed by the children’s judge. They are now living with extended family, which have 2 daughters close to their ages that really help them realize what normal family life is like.

Their case is still under investigation in the Public Ministry for the crime of sexual assault, but its legal status and protection has been resolved and the girls are now enjoying all of the ITEMP programs we have to offer. They are receiving the benefits of housing, education, food, counseling, clothing, and most importantly a loving family and emotional stability. 

The road ahead for these two girls is much brighter now that they have become a part of the ITEMP family. Though there will be more struggles as they continue to recover, their spirits are full of joy and excitement for what is to come as they grow up. Sasha says, "I never thought that things would change for me and my sister, but they have, and I am so happy that we are able to be with my aunt and her family, and go to school. I always wanted to study but there were never enough resources to allow it. I am so happy now." 

Sasha and Lucky are just two cases of many that ITEMP has been able to take on, thanks to donors like you. We sincerely thank you for your support.  We hope you will consider sharing stories like Sasha and Lucky in order to help us raise awareness of human trafficking in Guatemala and also show how donors like you can make a difference. 

 

Blessings,

 

 Melissa Schroden
Director of Special Opportunities and Donations
melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org
The GOD’S CHILD Project | ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons)
“Breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation”
Guatemala | El Salvador | Malawi | India | United States

 

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Mar 10, 2016

Cesia is growing stronger every single day

Cesia is now able to rest comfortably.
Cesia is now able to rest comfortably.

 Dear Friends of Casa Jackson,

Thank you so much for your past support! We really could not do the important work of helping these beautiful babies recover from malnutrition without the help of friends and donors like you.  Please allow me to introduce you to a little girl who is fighting to beat malnutrition and muscular dystrophy, here with us at Casa Jackson.

Cesia is eight months old and she is originally from Mataquescuintla community, Jalapa a small town outside of Jalapa. Her family is poor and has very limited resources to provide her or her family members any forms of medical care. Unfortunately Cesia began to suffer from gastrointestinal problems where she lost dramatic amounts of weight forcing her parents to bring her to the National Hospital in San Felipe de Jesus, Antigua Guatemala instead of the hospital in Jalapa due to the severity of her condition and the specialized care available at the National Hospital.

After being admitted to the hospital Cesia and her parents were referred to Casa Jackson specifically because of the child´s low weight. She was officially admitted to Casa Jackson on the 6th of January and had a very thorough exam where it was discovered that part of her weight loss is caused by muscular dystrophy. This is a degenerative disease that causes muscle loss and instability. However, because she is now getting the proper treatment here at Casa Jackson the medical staff is certain that Cesia will be able to recover and have a much better life soon.

During her time here with us she will receive the medication she needs, food, and the appropriate attention of two doctors (one who works at Casa Jackson and the other is an external medical provider paid by the Association to make sure that her muscular dystrophy is well taken care of).  Rehabilitation treatment will be a long process, but because it was detected early we will be able to see her grow, heal, and have a long healthy life ahead.

Cesia’s mother says, “I am so grateful that my daughter has been blessed with the resources and loving doctors here at Casa Jackson. Without these resources and medical care, I don’t know what we would have been able to do for our daughter. We cannot afford this kind of treatment and do not have the economic resources to be able to pay it back except through the help of God.”

Please help us treat Cesia, and more babies like her. Your generosity today will help save many children tomorrow. Every child that recovers from malnutrition helps us move towards breaking the bitter chains of poverty, giving their families hope for the future. You can help even more babies on March 16th due to a generous match by a Globalgiving.com benefactor. 

Blessings,

 Melissa Schroden
Director of Special Opportunities and Donations
melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org
The GOD’S CHILD Project | ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons)
“Breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation”
Guatemala | El Salvador | Malawi | India | United States
Cesia after three months with us at Casa Jackson!
Cesia after three months with us at Casa Jackson!

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