Educate 300 Guatemalan Children

by The GOD'S CHILD Project
Carmeli and her little brother outside their home
Carmeli and her little brother outside their home

Because of the long civil war in Guatemala as well as the poor economy many adults were unable to go to school growing up and their lack of education makes it difficult to find a steady, well-paid job. These families then struggle to provide an education to their own children creating a cycle of poverty. Thanks to you we are able to break that cycle by providing low-income children with two nutritious meals a day and, most importantly, an education. 

One of these children that your donations have helped provide an education and a future for is Carmeli a sweet 9 year old little girl who is in 2nd grade at the Dreamer Center. She lives with her parents and 3 siblings in Ciudad Vieja just outside of Antigua, Guatemala. Carmeli's family was going through a very tough time with both of her parents out of work and to make matters worse her father was struggling with alcoholism. The family had no way to pay for their children to continue to go to school but understood the importance of an education so they came to the GOD'S CHILD Project seeking help. Carmelí and her two older siblings were immediately enrolled at the Dreamer Center school while her youngest brother will be enrolled once he is old enough to attend school. 

When Carmeli first came to the Project she struggled with a learning disability and had speech problems but thanks to the quick intervention of the GOD'S CHILD Project she was given the necessary therapy and now she has improved in her classes and in her personal relationships. All three children continue to study hard in school so that they can reach their goal of becoming professionals and support their family someday. Carmeli´s father also attended therapy for his alcoholism which he now has under control allowing him to better support his family financially and emotionally.   

Please help us continue to provide Carmeli and her siblings with the most important tool in overcoming poverty, an education. Your generous contribution today will provide the continued education of those who need it most helping them to break the bitter chains of poverty.  

With gratitude,

Rina Lazo
Director of Benefactor Services 

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Clara
Clara's smile shows her gratitude for your support

Thank you so much for your past support of our Dreamer Center elementary school! Because of generous donors like you, low-income Guatemalan children are given the opportunity to go to school. The education that they receive will allow them to get a decent job earning a living wage when they grow up so that they can provide for themselves and their families and don't always have to depend on handouts. 

Let me tell you about one of our students, Clara, and how your support and the work of The GOD'S CHILD Project is helping her to overcome the difficulties that life has thrown her way. Clara is a bright young girl who has faced more difficulties in her 10 years than many of us will face in a lifetime. Her story is marked by mourning and domestic violence. Clara's mother was involved in a gang which lead to her murder in Guatemala City and her father is currently serving 30 years in prison for murder in an unrelated crime. Clara was left orphaned at 5 years old and since then her grandmother, Lidia, has been caring for her even though she has a hard time finding work due to her old age. 

Clara and her grandmother receive little help from their other family members since they have their own families to look after and struggle to provide for them. Clara has not only lived in poverty without her parents but she has also suffered from problems with her uncles that have reached the level of abuse. Having witnessed this mistreatment of her granddaughter, Lidia came to The GOD'S CHILD Project seeking help. Clara was enrolled in our school and receives psychological support as well as medical care from the Project and Lidia receives fruits and vegetables to help care for Clara. The Project also provides psychological care and legal support to other members of their family. 

Clara is a very active and smart girl but she has learning and behavioral issues because of all that she has been through. According to her grandmother Clara's parents fought a lot when she was a baby. Their shouts would cause her to cry and then they would turn their anger on her. Clara's grandmother and the Project have worked hard to provide a stable, positive environment for her to grow up and learn in so that she can improve her self-esteem and focus better on her studies.

Clara is now in 4th grade and loves to play soccer. Her favorite class is math and she hopes to be a nurse when she grows up so that she can care for people. 

Please join us in supporting Clara as she continues to heal along with other children like her who have been abused and orphaned. 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. 

With Gratitude,

Rina Lazo
Director of Benefactor Services
Clara enjoys playing on the school playground
Clara enjoys playing on the school playground

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Damaris and Ana are originally from Guatemala City and have suffered a lot in their short lives. Their father, who is from Honduras, was very aggressive and used drugs and alcohol. He did not have a steady job and instead spent his time stealing and would arrive home high on drugs and would abuse Damaris and Ana as well as their mother. Later he decided to return to his country leaving his family abandoned and with no means to survive.

After they were abandoned the mother of the family became part of a group of extortionists which put her daughters at risk. In March of 2012 she participated in an armed attack on a taxi for which she was arrested and sentenced to 14 years of prison for attempted homicide. The girls were then left in the care of their grandmother though they suffered from many psychological problems due to all they had seen.

In October of 2014 their grandmother passed away from diabetes and since then the girls have been cared for by their grandfather who works very hard washing cars and doing some construction work. He earns very little, barely enough to survive, however he has dedicated himself to caring for his granddaughters.

While he was working washing cars the girls would work helping him park the cars instead of attending school and were exposed to all sorts of abuse in the streets. In September of 2015 one of the directors of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados saw the girls working and decided to tell the grandfather about the services offered by the Project and encouraged him to seek help there.

Since then the social work and legal department have been working on the girls’ case. They were given psychological and medical care as well as food and they were enrolled in the Dreamer Center school so that they could get an education.

The girls’ lives have changed completely thanks to donors like you. Now instead of working the girls go to school and their grandfather has peace of mind knowing that his granddaughters are in good hands where they receive food and education helping them to break the bitter chains of poverty so that they have a better present and will have a better future.

Please consider making another donation to help support Damaris, Ana and other children with similar situations so that they can get off the streets and into classrooms. 

 With Gratitude,

Rina Lazo

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Meet Max!
Meet Max!

Meet Max!

He is from San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepequez. His family is very poor, as they are supported solely by his mother. His biological father left him and his mother a number of years ago because he felt that the economic circumstances were too much for him to deal with.

Since he left Max´s mother has worked any form of job she can find because she doesn´t have the academic qualifications or work experience to land a well paid full time job. Therefore many of the jobs that she finds are low pay, and instable hours. She is fortunate to receive a little help from her brothers at times, however as they too have their own families, this help is only available sometimes when they too have a little money to spare. Most commonly this support is in the form of food that the brother’s wives cook and bring to Max´s home to share.

Max´s mother decided to seek help for her son, someplace where he would be able to attend school. She knows all too well the importance of a good education, and the limitations that are put on a person who does not have the proper education. She says, “I feared I wouldn´t have the money necessary for Max´s education or really to provide him with a good childhood.”

Through her neighbors she received information about The GOD´S CHILD Project and the programs that we offer to the children, mothers, and families that belong to our programs. Cecila was especially interested in getting Max a good education and possibly having a home built to help protect them from the weather and danger of living in her poorly constructed home.

The GOD´S CHILD Project intervened immediately with a social work visit, quickly realizing the severity of their poverty, their home life circumstances, and their family´s need for assistance.

We are proud to say that Max is currently studying at the Dreamer Center and receiving all of the benefits offered to our children and families including: school supplies, food, a comprehensive education, and a house which was built for him and his mother to live in with dignity.  

Thanks to the services of The GOD´S CHILD Project, Max has many new found hopes and dreams for a better life. He dreams of becoming a professional businessman and help his mother and other families combat poverty, so that future children don´t have to grow up and suffer the same life that he has.

Our teachers work hard every day to give Max and all the other students at the Dreamer Center a comprehensive education that instills strong values, morals, and faith in what the future holds for each of them. Through providing them a place where they are nurtured, cared for, and educated we are breaking the chains of poverty one child at a time. Please help us foster more dreams, educate more children, and change more lives one at a time, just like Max.   

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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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The GOD'S CHILD Project

Location: Bismarck, ND - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.godschild.org
Project Leader:
Melissa Schroden
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$3,000 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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