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.
Oct 12, 2015

From Shining Shoes to the Classroom, Jose's Story

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 Jose, who is now flourishing here in Guatemala.  Jose is a young man who was able to leave the streets and return to the classroom thanks to supporters of ITEMP like you. Jose comes from a broken home and was just 15 days old when his mother abandoned him and didn’t want anything to do with him. At the same time, Jose’s father decided to travel to the United States to search for better opportunities and left Jose with his sister. Jose's sister did not have the resources to take care of both of them so his grandmother took over and worked very hard to give Jose and his sister a good life.

As the years passed and Jose grew up it became harder and harder for his grandmother to take care of Jose. She could no longer cover all of the costs for the family since she was unable to find stable work due to her age. Jose then decided to study in the mornings and work in the afternoons to help his grandmother support the family. This proved to be very difficult because his classmates made fun of him for working shining shoes.

Jose worked in Antigua, Guatemala’s central park where he met several people older than himself who became negative influences; teaching him to fight and smoke and leading him to other dangerous situations at just thirteen years old. As time went on, Jose still attended school occasionally but he preferred working and paid little attention to his studies. Soon, ITEMP learned about Jose’s case and decided to accept him into the program in order to give him a better quality of life. The first thing that they asked him to do was to quit working and allow the program to help him economically so that Jose could focus on his studies. At first Jose refused to quit working because his grandmother was sick and the family didn’t have enough money to buy her medicine.

ITEMP placed Jose in the Scheel Center Technical Institue so that he could continue his studies in a structured environment. He didn’t like to attend class at first but little by little he got used to his new school and began thriving. In addition to an education, ITEMP also provided medical care and psychological assistance which have helped Jose get where he is today. Jose's grandmother also no longer needs to work because of the economic help that the program has been able to provide. Currently, Jose is 17 years old and will be finishing the 7th grade this year. Thanks to ITEMP and your previous contribution, Jose is no longer exposed to the dangers of working on the streets in Guatemala at such a young and impressionable age and is no longer at-risk of becoming a trafficking victim. Instead, Jose is receiving an education that will help him to find a better paying job when he grows up.

Jose´s case is just one of many that ITEMP has been able to take on thanks to donors like you. ITEMP wants to sincerely thank you for your support of ITEMP. We hope you will consider sharing stories like Jose's in order to help us raise awareness of human trafficking in Guatemala and also share how donors like you can make a difference. 

Kind Regards,

Kendell Martell

Director of Benefactor Services

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG

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.

 
   

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