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Break the Chains of Slavery

by The GOD'S CHILD Project
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery
Break the Chains of Slavery

Is indredible how life changes in a second in this new world.

One day you dream at school what person you will become and another day you ask how you will survive.

At this moment someone is making a decision that will change its life forever. Sometimes this decision can take a second. Life is a precious gift that every human being has received. In what moment people choice to participate in traffic in persons. Those decisions are based in money, power, influence. The reasons maybe cant appear in the surface.

The true. Every act of a person has consequences in others, these can be damage collateral or direct. The criminals live their lives not expecting consequences. But when they comes usually cause a collateral damage. If they are children they will grow up in a criminal world starting a new chain of slavery. 

So, the criminals really know what they are? or they are living their life because couldn't take decisions. They don't had a good guide, a good parents or family worried about their environment.

The victims probably can take some decisions but these were affected for others called criminals. Somewhere  someone is taking the decision to travel illegally their acts are in a good way because is to improve a life conditions but in other place someone is waiting for this opportunity to take advantage of it.

The present is caused for a life a decisions. Some of them were mistakes necessaries to learn, to discover the essence of life.

Probably we have taken good decisions because we can, but we have to consciente than others couldn't. If we can take the change to correct many problems of our world, the moment is now.

We have the power to decide to help others and change the world in a second.

Hi my name is Sebedeo, I am 10 years old, I was born in the department of Quiché, my father died in an accident because he was an alcoholic, before dying several times he tried to abuse from me. My mother is the one who takes care of us, but to be honest brothers are the ones that are really taking care of me, most of the time I'm with them because my mother always has a lot of work and she gets up very early in the morning and always arrives at night and sometimes I don’t see her very often.

We came to live in Antigua because in our town there are no good opportunities to work, thank God we are safe here, but we do not have the love of our mom. Since I was 5 years old, I have worked, I get on the buses to sell sweets and chewing gum, my sister also does it, in some occasions I have also worked to shine shoes and also to wash cars.

My mom had many friends, sometimes I took them to the house to stay and sleep there, I listen to everything they say and do. Due to this situation we were referred by the Court to the Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, because my mother did not want to put us to study and just wanted us to work.

After selling candy, shining shoes, being at risk in the streets, not having to eat, I am in the Dreamer Center School, I am very happy to receive classes and not have to work hard, I’m in first grade, all the days I receive breakfast and lunch, besides that I have a safe place to be and people to play with.

My mother is the only one who works and she also attends a group of women from the Association called "Mothers' Club" and receives vegetables every Friday, thanks to the support of the Association my life has improved, I feel very happy and wanting to achieve my dreams of being a veterinarian.

The lady is originally from San Felipe de Jesus of Antigua Guatemala, she is currently 19 years old. She grew up in a family with 5 siblings and their two parents, being of very scarce economic resources. To make things worse, Rosa is the older sister and she was the one who helped her mother take care of them, sometimes even working cutting wood or selling sweets in the streets.


Rosa had not received academic training and was already 11 years old, could not read or write, and the mother did not worry about that since she (the mother) had been raised in this way. The father of the family was dedicated to drinking alcoholic beverages all the time and he used drugs of all kinds; he never contributed money to the family, he only beat and insulted everyone, all the time, the mother did not present any objection because she was intimidated by him under death threats against her and her children.

However, the most futile and abject act that could culminate the actions of this despicable father, was the sexual abuse of the eldest daughter on more than one occasion, and threatened him with death so that he would not say anything to any person. After about six months, the young lady could not contain her sadness and disappointment in life before such a desperate situation and tried to take her own life, so the mother noticing this, intervened and prevented the attack of her daughter could be avoided .


Faced with this situation, the family mother sought help without caring about the threats of her partner, who at that time already belonged to a gang (called in Guatemala as gang members), but no place offered them a correct orientation. Until the lady heard about Nuestros Ahijados through neighbors who advised her to go, for which she asked for help for her daughter and her other children.


Nuestros Ahijados proceeded through the Legal Department, to denounce the corresponding authorities to initiate a legal process against the father for the crime of sexual and psychological abuse and mistreatment of women, among other things of which he would be accused, for belonging to a gang.


After initiating the process, the authorities found after two months that the father had fled, was captured and prosecuted for his crimes; The project gave all the support in the legal, psychological, medical and academic area to the young lady and all her little brothers, who started studying at the Centro Soñador. The father is still serving his sentence and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

She was the first victim to enter the ITEMP program in year 2, 009 because the living conditions were not good, besides that she works in the dumpster with her sister and her mother, they collected plastic and ate the waste that they found there, they were exposed to some disease as to sexual abuse. She is originally from Ciudad Vieja, and since she was a child she had to work. After knowing what the girls' lives were like, the US State Department, together with Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, began to support this family, the end of which was that both the women and the girls would no longer continue to collect garbage and they had the opportunity to study. They had the opportunity to receive psychological, medical, dental, clothing and shoes support as well as the other members of the family, the mother attended the Mothers Club and received training in jewelry and pastry, besides that they received financial help with the in order to defray the expenses that they had in the home. Currently the young lady continues to receive support with clinics, clothes and food, besides this she is receiving legal support because her husband died in an accident three months ago, the man came from work at dawn, the company driver lost control and they had an accident, unfortunately the lord lost his life and left a 4-month-old girl, the Association's lawyer is advising her so that she can receive what is fair by taking into account the irreparable loss of her husband. Despite the loss of her husband, the young lady is very grateful for the support she has been given, since the company where the husband works did not want to be responsible.

Mariana is 14 years old. She has been part of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados since 4 years. She started at the Scheel Center School to be able to receive education; the mother requested help from our project because she didn’t have the economic resources to pay her children’s education since the father is sentenced five years in jail.

The young lady has been progressing in school and with her mother’s support she has become in one of the best students at the Scheel Center School. In June of this year, when she was walking home after school, a man intended to abuse sexually from her, thanks to some neighbors she was able to escape. When she got to the hospital the doctors were able to confirm that in fact, it only was an Intended Sexually Assault.

The Legal Aid Program at Asociación Nuestros Ahijados inniciate with a follow up of her case. At first instance the young lady was Psychological assisted by having the psychologist visit her house since the girl had an emotional crisis. After that, the lawyer presented evidence to the Public Ministry being able to identify the syndicated; also appointments were set to have all the witness statements that could help in this case.

This case is still open to look for a favorable sentence for the young girl and have this person, who tried to abuse from her, receive the fair punishment. The lawyer has been talking with the parents for not looking for revenge on their own against the syndicated with the idea to have a fair and correct trail against him.

Mariana drop of school for a while because she was afraid that something could happen to her again, however, the father is now taking her to school everyday so she doesn’t have to quit school. The family is very grateful with Asociación Nuestros Ahijados for all the support received and they will keep fighting until the end with this legal process.

 

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Location: Bismarck, ND - USA
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RINA LAZO
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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemala
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