Educate a Guatemalan Orphan

by The GOD'S CHILD Project
Emily with her teacher on graduation day
Emily with her teacher on graduation day

Emily is a six year old from Guatemala. Born in Chimaltenango, she still lives there today with her mother and three older sisters. Tragically, Emily's father was kidnapped and murdered a few years ago while working as a taxi driver. Ever since then Emily's mother has fought to provide for her daughters, trying to give them all of the things they need to not only survive, but to thrive as well.

In search of support during the year following her husband’s death, Emily's mother found an organization in Guatemala that supports single mothers and was given economic and psychological support through this foundation. After a while, the director of this organization came to the GOD’S CHILD Project because Emily and her sisters needed a place to go to school free of charge and it was something their organization could not offer.

Emily was accepted into the Kindergarten class at the GOD'S CHILD Project’s Dreamer Center and quickly adapted very well to school. In addition to receiving an education, she received clothes, shoes, food and psychological support to overcome the trauma of losing her father at such a young age.  Emily's sisters were also enrolled into school and given the same support. Currently, two of Emily's sisters are enrolled in the Dreamer Center with her and her oldest sister was given the opportunity to study at the Scheel Center. Thanks to donors who make supporting the education of these girls possible, all the girls now have hopes and dreams of becoming working professionals in the future.

With the support that Emily has received from The GOD’S CHILD Project she was able to graduate from kindergarten this fall at the head of her class and was recognized for her hard work and good grades with a special role in the commencement ceremony. Today she has many dreams she would like to accomplish, one of which is becoming a teacher so that she can teach other children when she grows up.

Emily's mother is very thankful for the support that her family has received from The GOD’S CHILD Project and recognizes the change she has seen in her girls since starting their education again. She is thankful that enrolling the girls has helped them to begin to return to having a normal life and is thrilled to see them full of hope and willing to dream once again.

Please join us in supporting the education of Emily and her sisters and other Guatemalan children struggling with the loss of a parent (or both) and living in poverty like them. 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 future. 

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.

Carlos is 7 years old and at his young age has already suffered many problems at home. His mom was in a gang in the capital and his father was an alcoholic who would beat his wife and children. Carlos was raised by his grandmother however she passed away from uterine cancer at the beginning of the year so he is now in the care of his father.

The family lives in poor conditions in a house made of sheets of metal and a dirt floor. The family doesn’t have the resources to build a dignified home. While the grandmother was still alive she came to the God’s Child Project asking for help with the construction of a home. Unfortunately the Project could not help them with the construction of a home because the land that they live on is not their own and the owner could kick them out at any time.

However, because the Project knew the needs of the family they were given sheets of metal so that they could cover the holes in the house. Carlos was also registered at the Dreamer’s Center school and receives all of the benefits of the school to improve his quality of life.

Currently Carlos is in first grade and has average grades but is studying hard to learn more each day. Carlos does not have contact with his mother but his father, who is no longer drinking, and his aunt take care of him. Carlos has improved his grades since he started at the Dreamer’s Center where he receives and education, food, as well as a beautiful place to go to school.

Carlos is very happy to attend the Dreamer’s Center and would like to be a successful person. 

This girl is 9 years old and is in 3rd grade at the Dreamer´s Center School of the God´s Child Project. In January of 2015 the family came to the God´s Child Project looking for educational support for their daughter due to various problems in the family (economical, illnesses and the family´s living conditions etc.). The girl was accepted at the Dreamer´s Center along with 3 sisters of varying ages.

She is a very special case because she has already suffered a lot at her young age. Her mother is her only support and she will need more attention than the other children since she has attempted to commit suicide. The girl, her 3 siblings and mother have suffered since her father was kidnapped and killed 6 years ago.

The Project is supporting the girl´s family in several ways because we want to help her to heal from all that she has suffered and help her to have a childhood without worries and adult problems. As a special case they will receive medical and psychological care and legal counsel. They will also receive donated vegetables every Friday. The Dreamer´s Center will provide breakfast and lunch for the girl as well as school supplies and shoes.

Despite the problems that the girl has faced she is happy here at the Dreamer´s Center and travels from Chimaltenango every day with her sisters to go to school and get a good education.

This boy comes from a family with many problems. His father is originally from Escuintla and his mother is from Antigua, Guatemala. His mother has two children from a previous relationship and this boy is the son of the man that she currently lives with. The boy is known for being extroverted and friendly, however, due to problems at home he was an aggressive little boy with behavior issues and poor school performance.

He is the youngest of 3 children and is the only one that attends the Dreamer´s Center school since the other siblings decided it would be better to work. His father works looking after cars parked in Antigua, Guatemala and earns no more than $40 per month. His mother works cleaning a food stall in a market in Guatemala City and earns about $130 per month and with the income of his mother and father they support the entire family.

Upon being accepted at the Dreamer´s Center he was given psychological help since due to problems at home there was a possibility that he could develop schizophrenia. He also received food and an education.

Currently, he has finished kindergarten and has had many advances in his personal life. He is a very happy boy who, unfortunately, doesn´t come to school every day because of his parents´ neglect but when he does come to school he makes the most of the support that is given to him.

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Organization Information

The GOD'S CHILD Project

Location: Bismarck, ND - USA
Project Leader:
Patrick Atkinson
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala