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 3, 2016

A Dream Come True For Pedro

Pedro is very excited to show you his artwork!
Pedro is very excited to show you his artwork!

Dear Scheel Center Friends and Supporters,

Thank you so much for your past support of our “second chance” school! Because of generous donors like you, low-income Guatemalan children and families have the opportunity to leave dangerous life situations behind, and begin to dream of better tomorrows.

Let me tell you about one such child, Pedro, and how your support and the work of The GOD’S CHILD Project has helped him and his family take giant steps forward. Pedro lives in a remote area of Old Guatemala known as San Juan Alotenango located 20 kilometers from the Scheel Center.  Pedro has three brothers and they are all being taken care of by their grandmother Maria, who is now 78 years old.

As a young child Pedro and his brothers were abandoned by their mother and father, which has left deep scars and has created some social/educational delays in all four children.  Their relationship with their grandmother, however, is very strong.  Their family is very close and has a strong bond of love, respect and affection.

Due to his parent’s abandonment and living in poverty Pedro has suffered from gastrointestinal, respiratory, and psychological problems which were compounded by poor hygiene due to his previous home environment.  However, since being a part of The GOD’S CHILD Project his family has received a home built by a service team in 2010 which has greatly improved his health.

Before Pedro started studying at the Scheel Center, he could only dream of attending school. He had never used a pen or drawn with crayons and his only games or pastimes were to be with his pets running around the house. In his home there are currently 2 dogs, 4 ducks, and pigeons.

In 2010 his family received a visit by The GOD’S CHILD Project and was invited to study at the Scheel Center. Since he had not attended school before this was a huge responsibility and challenge for him and his grandmother, but it was so exciting when he was able to learn his first letters and numbers with the other students. He has been very proud of his accomplishments and always says “someday I am going to teach other children like myself how to read and write too.” This kind of motivation is key to his success and is important for other children to see.  Pedro is very happy to attend classes at the Scheel Center. He especially enjoys sharing with his friends and studying natural sciences, which is his favorite class.

Today Pedro enjoys reading and drawing, is punctual, responsible and excels with working as a team member. He also likes weaving traditional Guatemalan clothing garments.  He dreams of being a teacher and working with children like himself, being on a soccer team, and he would like to go and see a movie in the capital city some day.

Please join us in supporting Pedro as he continues to heal along with other children like him, recovering from abandonment and poverty. Every child we provide with an education helps us move towards breaking the bitter chains of poverty for their families, giving them hope for a brighter future. 

 

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)
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Pedro is always eager to learn anything new.
Pedro is always eager to learn anything new.

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Feb 18, 2016

Jose's unstifled passion to succeed

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 abandoned, orphaned, or living on the streets of Guatemala, like Jose.

Jose is a young boy who was abandoned by his mother when he was only seven years old.  His mother and father both physically abused him. 

Jose’s maternal grandmother took on the responsibility of caring for him and his two brothers after they were abandoned. In the beginning their father provided some economic support; however he is currently in jail, leaving the grandmother to take care of the three boys by herself with the support of The GOD’S CHILD Project.

Jose has a genetic problem which has resulted in the loss of sight in one eye, however with the help of The GOD’S CHILD Project and donated funds like yours he was able to have a cornea transplant.  Unfortunately even with a successful surgery the cornea was rejected, so his grandmother and the project are working together to have another surgery preformed to regain the use of this eye.  This is especially important for him because he is currently suffering from headaches and is required to squint to see with his good eye. Jose also suffers from a skin condition, where he is incredibly sensitive to sunlight and burns easily.  As his grandmother says with so much love, “I have a huge responsibility with my grandson as he requires extra care because of his eyes and his sensitive skin.”

Despite his painful history and current challenges Jose loves to study and likes to help work around the house with his grandmother. As he is the oldest child and his grandparents are very old, he is responsible for helping his younger brothers with their homework and their activities around the home. His grandparents are receiving support from The GOD’S CHILD Project to help cover some of the cost of caring for the children, along with all the educational needs for each child.

Jose is currently studying at the Scheel Center, and his teachers always comment on how diligent he is as a student and how well he works with the other students.  When he grows up he wants to be a doctor not only to help his family, but to help all of the people who need assistance!

His grandparents and the staff at The GOD’ S CHILD Project are all very proud of his accomplishments and look forward to seeing how quickly he is able to reach his goals throughout his educational endeavors. His grandmother said with a huge smile, “though it has been difficult for him and his brothers, we are so happy to see how far he 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 three boys, and are very grateful for all of the support we are receiving especially for his eyes and education.”

Please help us continue to support Jose and his dream of becoming a doctor to help other children like himself. Your generous contribution today will provide the continued education for the once abandoned children. Also, please consider sharing this story of Jose 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
melissa.schroden@anaguatemala.org

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Feb 3, 2016

The first field clinic of 2016!

Hello friends and supporters of our micro project 'Restoring health to 5 villages in Guatemala'! 

I am very excited to tell you that due your generosity we have officially raised enough funds to start planning the first two field clinics of 2016! The first one has officially been scheduled for February 24th! During this half-day field clinic we are expecting to see over 50 children along with their parents.  

For the children in the communities, our main objective is to make sure that they are healthy and developing appropriately for their ages. To do this the clinic staff will weigh each child along with take their height and give them a general check up.

As for the adults who attend the field clinic, their health is also very important to us, we will take their blood pressure and give them a complete check up.  Through detecting illnesses early within the parents we are also helping the community be able to provide their children with the opportunities to exceed their current situations through their constant support. 

If there are any health problems detected, and need to be taken care of or addressed further by our medical team the children and parents will be invited to our clinics at the Dreamer Center. Once they become a patient within our clinics they will be able to receive more intimate care by our medical providers.  This is especially important for the infants and young children throughout the communities surrounding Antigua.  

We here at The GOD'S CHILD Project and Casa Jackson are so excited for these field clinics, and we extend a huge thank you to each of you who have helped make this project possible. After the field clinic this month we will also be providing you with the results and pictures. Until then, thank you for your constant support, and please consider talking about us with your family and friends.   

Sincerely,

 

Melissa Schroden
Director of Donations and Special Opportunities

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