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.
Dec 16, 2015

A New Home for Lidia and Her Children

Previous family home
Previous family home

Dear friends,

Thank you for your on going 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. 

Recently, the God’s Child Project was able to build a house for a family of five, who was at risk of losing their home after their father passed away. Through the help of your donations, Lidia and the four children she cares for, now have a safe and weatherproof roof over their heads.

Lidia's previous home was very poorly constructed, with little protection from the wind and rain. Though she did her best protecting her three children and a young niece, that she cares for because her parents were alcoholics. It was very stressful for Lidia. The home was constructed from sheets of metal surounding a dirt floor. The pressing issue with this house was that half of the metal sheets had not been paid for when Lidia’s husband passed away. He had bought the supplies to build their home with an arrangement to pay off his debt over time.

Since becoming a widow, Lidia’s family has faced many economic problems. She works cleaning houses, so that she can provide for her children and her young niece. Unfortunately Lidia is unable get a better job, because she wasn't able to finish her education. Due to this situation, on her own, she would never have had the resources to pay off the debt; and would have constantly been worried about the company her husband had bought the metal from, coming to take back the sheets of metal one at a time.

In September, volunteers from the God’s Child Project, were able to build this beautiful family a new house. Lidia was overwhelmed with emotion when she said, "I am so thankful to the project, volunteers and donors because I finally have a good home with a door that locks and windows to let the sun light in." With their new home they will be able to stay warm and dry during the rainy and cold months, without fear that someone will take it away peice by peice.

Thank you again for your support of the God’s Child Project, and your contributions that made giving this family a new home possible. We hope you will consider sharing Lidia’s 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
Special Opportunities Coordinator
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
Final touches going on the new house!
Final touches going on the new house!

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Dec 10, 2015

A second chance at life for Estiven

Estiven
Estiven's now able to rest peacefully.

 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 boy who is fighting to beat malnutrition, here with us at Casa Jackson.

Estiven, is from Sumpango, Sacatepequez, where he parents currently live in a one room house made from corrugated tin and a simple dirt floor. Due to the historical economic culture in Guatemala, and the belief that children do not need an education - rather they need to get a job and help support their families; neither of his parents received a formal education. 

Without an education it is almost impossible for his parents to find work in anything other than agriculture, where they work long hours for close to no pay.  In Guatemala, roughly 30% of the population works in agriculture because of generational poverty and lack of education. To compound the problems of poverty an agricultural worker earns a monthly salary of about 1,255.38Q to 1,802.99Q which translates to about $161.56 to $232.04 a month. This means that agricultural workers, like Estiven’s parents, make about 23 percent less than the national minimum wage of 1,802.99Q ($232.04) per month, literally making it impossible for them to get themselves out of poverty without the help of an organization like ours, The GOD’S CHILD Project.

Estiven was admitted to Casa Jackson on November 5th, 2015 after being referred to our clinic by a community health center. He was diagnosed with severe malnutrition and respiratory problems. Due to his families living conditions and lack of resources his parents believed that his respiratory conditions would just get better over time.  They were not aware of the severity of his asthma, until it became bad enough for them to clearly recognize the signs that help was needed.  Due to the time that has passed, Estiven’s health was substantially deteriorated when he arrived to Casa Jackson, and will require extra care and time for him to fully recuperate. While he is receiving his treatment at Casa Jackson, his parents are also receiving educational classes about caring for a child who suffers from asthma and malnutrition.  

Estiven is currently being given the appropriate treatment based on his conditions, and is expected to progressively gain weight over the next three to four months, when he will hopefully be able to return home with his parents.His parents are very thankful for the help that the project is giving to their son. Thanks to the Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants Estiven is starting the recovery process and is recieving the help that he needs to grow big and strong.

Please help us treat Estiven, and more babies like him. 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.

 

Many Blessings,

 

Melissa Schroden

Special Opportunities Coordinator

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

Estiven is growing a little stronger every day!
Estiven is growing a little stronger every day!

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Dec 4, 2015

Sara's new beginning

Dear Sheel 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- away from past dangers and abusers. 

Let me tell you the story of one of the little girls that is recovering from abuse with us. Sara is an eleven years old girl who currently lives in Antigua, Guatemala with her mother and two older siblings. She is enrolled in second grade, at the Scheel Technical Center School.

Due to her family’s level of poverty, she is supported by our sponsorship program, her education is provided by the Scheel Center, and her medical and psychological care is provided at our clinic. Her family also participates in our vegetable drive and receives care at our family clinic.

Sara’s story is shocking. On one occasion, her parents had no money to pay the rent where they lived, so the landlord convinced her father to give him one night with Sara’s older sister to exonerate the rent that was due. Her father agreed to the arrangements, keeping it a secret from the girl’s mother. A few months later, the family again fell short and didn’t have the money to pay for rent. However, this time the landlord wanted to be with Sara, who was only ten years old at the time.

Sara, after suffering from sexual abuse by the landlord, decided to tell her mother even though she had been threatened by the father and the landlord. Her mother sought legal help at The GOD’S CHILD Project, where she received an aid grant, in addition to immediately enrolling Sara into the project where she could begin the healing process. The GOD’S CHILD Project proceeded to press charges against both the landlord for raping Sara and her sister, and the father, who acted as an accomplice to these acts.

This year was very difficult for Sara and her family, as they began the recovery process. Sara’s father has run away and is being sought by the authorities; however, the landlord who sexually abused the girls is imprisoned. Sara has decided to continue her education, and with help from the project, she is trying to overcome these traumatizing events. She is happy to say that she has passed the second grade and is excited for the new school year to begin again in January. Sara and our staff are hopeful that with The GOD’S CHILD Project’s continued support she will eventually overcome the trauma of what happened, and her mother will once again be able to carry her family into the future with pride.

Sara’s mother says “I am very thankful for the support that my family has received from The GOD’S CHILD Project and I recognize the positive changes in Sara since she has been receiving psychological care, support, and an education again.” She is thankful that these services are available to her family because they have helped them to begin recovering as a family, and is thrilled to see such success and willingness to dream again from Sara.

Please join us in supporting Sara as she continues to heal along with other children like her, recovering from sexual abuse 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

Special Opportunities Coordinator
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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