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.
Sep 24, 2015

A Second Chance for Jose

Dear Scheel Center Friend,

Thank you so much for your past support of our “second chance” school! Because of generous donors like you, low-income Guatemalan children have the opportunity to get the education they need in order to break the cycle of poverty that their family has lived in for generations.

Let me tell you the story of one of these young men that is currently living his second chance. José is 20 years old and is originally from the department of Jutiapa, Guatemala. His family moved from town to town throughout Guatemala in search of better work and educational opportunities until they finally decided to live in Antigua, Guatemala. José’s biological father left his wife and children to be with another woman and started a new family with her without a care for the children he left abandoned.

José’s mother also decided to re-marry and had two more children with her new husband, making a total of 5 children to take care of. After a few years José’s step-father began to drink and to physically and emotionally abuse his family. José was greatly affected by this change in his step-father and began to get into fights at school.

As soon as he came to the Scheel Center José began to receive the benefits of the program such as psychological therapy, legal support so that the step-father would no longer abuse them, as well as vegetables, clothes and shoes and, perhaps most importantly, an education.

This year José has shown great improvement. He has changed his attitude and gets along better with his family; he even helps his siblings with their homework. He is now in 7th grade and is thriving. His mother is also receiving psychological support and has joined the Mother’s Club so that she can receive benefits from Asociación Nuestros Ahijados. José is very thankful for the support and education that the Scheel Center gives him and he says that he wants to be a teacher when he grows up. He also says that he is happy that his family is no longer being abused.

José’s story is just one of many stories of Scheel Center students who are getting not only the education that they need but also the medical, dental, psychological and legal support that they need in order to break the chains of poverty. Once again, thank you for your support and for giving José, and others like him, hope for the future.

Sincerely,

 

Kendell Martell

Director of Benefactor Services

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG

Sep 22, 2015

How You Can Help Brandon and Other Babies

Brandon and his mom
Brandon and his mom

Dear Friend of Casa Jackson,

Thank you so much for your past donation! We really could not do the important work of helping babies recover from malnutrition without the help of friends like you. I am writing to let you know of another great opportunity for you to help us continue this important work. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor! Please consider starting a recurring donation during this period. Your donation will help care for and feed malnourished babies like Brandon as well as provide quality nutritional education for parents.  

Brandon, who is 18 months old, was referred to us by the health center in his hometown of Escuintla after they had treated him for acute bronchitis and was checked-in to Casa Jackson on September 10th, 2015 with moderate malnutrition.

Brandon’s mother was thrown out of her home at 17 when her parents found out that she was pregnant with him. She then moved in with her boyfriend’s family who, despite their poverty, decided to help her however they could. Brandon’s mother did not finish school and his father never went to school. Brandon's father works as an assistant on the buses in Escuintla and earns Q600 (about $80) per month. This is all the family has to survive on.

Brandon’s mother is very thankful for the help that the project is giving to her son. Thanks to the Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants Brandon is starting the recovery process and receives the help that he needs to grow big and strong. His mother also receives the support she needs with meals, therapy and nutritional education.

With almost 50% of children under 5 in Guatemala suffering from malnutrition Brandon’s story is far too familiar. With your help we can fight malnutrition in Guatemala from both ends through both prevention and treatment.

 

Thank you for your continued support of Casa Jackson!

 

Kendell Martell

Director of Benefactor Services

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG

 

P.S. - If you would like to take advantage of the match opportunity please go to our Global Giving page between Monday, September 21st and Friday, September 25th and make your first monthly donation.

Aug 21, 2015

David's story

David is 7 years old and lives in a house made of old sheets of metal and a dirt floor with his mom, dad, and 5 siblings. His father is an alcoholic and when he gets home he beats his wife and children. David’s mother has to support the family since his father does not work.

The family has many problems, both economical and psychological. David’s mother came to the God’s Child Project seeking support to help her husband quit drinking and because she was worried that her children were not attending school because their father wouldn’t allow it.

Three of the children were registered in the Dreamer Center school. All three of them excel in their classes but David especially stands out as he is dedicated, responsible and works together with the other students. He earns good grades and would like to be a teacher when he grows up to teach many children.

Currently David’s family lives in a safe home because the God’s Child Project helped provide them with a new home to improve their quality of life. Each member of the family is also provided with psychological support so that they can overcome the emotional damage that the David’s father has caused and David’s mother, with the help of the God’s Child Project legal department, filed a lawsuit against her husband so that he wouldn’t abuse her or her children anymore.

David’s mother works selling tortillas, trying to give her children the best but she is very thankful for the support that the God’s Child Project has provided the family with.

 

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