Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala

by The GOD'S CHILD Project
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Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Francisco's son Javier in front of his old house
Francisco's son Javier in front of his old house

Before the help of the GOD´S CHILD Project Francisco never could have dreamed of better living conditions for his family. Like many Guatemalans, Francisco was unable to go to school when he was younger because his parents couldn't afford it. Because of his lack of education the only work he can find is as a day-laborer which is an unstable job and makes very little money. With the little money that he makes Francisco has struggled to support his wife and three children with the very basics. In their village of Parramos people believe that girls should learn to be wives and mothers and have no need to go to school. Because of this Lucía, Francisco's wife, also lacks the education necessary to find a decent paying job and stays home to take care of their 3 children.

When the GOD'S CHILD Project visited the family they were living in poor conditions in house made of wood and old sheets of metal with a dirt floor. The house did not protect the family from the elements especially during the cold and rainy season and the children would often get sick. The GOD'S CHILD Project decided to help the family with a new home because it was clear that there was no way that Francisco could afford to improve his family's living conditions on his own. In March of this year a team of volunteers helped build a new, safe, and healthy home for Francisco and his family. Francisco can now rest easy knowing that his family will stay dry this rainy season and can use any savings he has to invest in his children's education so that they can have more job opportunities when they grow up.

Thanks to the support of our volunteers and donors the GOD'S CHILD Project was able to provide a new home and a brighter future to Francisco and his family. Please consider sharing Francisco's story so that we can continue to help other families like his.   

The family & volunteers in front of the new home
The family & volunteers in front of the new home
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Cristobal and his family next to their old home.
Cristobal and his family next to their old home.

Dear friends,

Thank you for your ongoing 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. 

Before the help of The GOD´S CHILD Project Cristobal worried about how he would provide for his wife, Ana, and their five children and protect them from the elements. Cristobal works as a day laborer since he does not have the education necessary to find a better paying and more stable job. This made it very hard for Cristobal to put food on the table let alone save up any money to make improvements on their home. Ana takes care of her children and doesn’t work outside of the home. Because of the family's economic situation two of the children don’t currently go to school.

The family used to sleep in a makeshift room mostly made up of sheets of plastic with a few sheets of metal which barely protected the family from the elements, especially now during the cold months, causing the children to get sick often. The family doesn’t own any home appliances and barely even has a dresser to store their clothes. The rest of their clothes are stored in bags.

In February of 2016, The GOD´S CHILD Project volunteers were able to build the family a new home thanks to the help of donors offering monetary support for the building materials and volunteers willing to work along side one of our skilled laborer. 

Cristobal and Ana now live in a home with sturdy walls and a concrete floor. For the first time, the family also has a door that locks to keep them and their five children safe. 

There are many families in Guatemala in a situation similar to Cristobal and Ana’s. Thanks to donors and volunteers The GOD´S CHILD Project has been able to provide new homes to over 1,000 families in Guatemalan villages. With your generous contributions - we can continue to provide many more! 

We hope you will consider sharing this families 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
Director of Special Opportunities and Donations
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
All five children enjoying time together.
All five children enjoying time together.
The family, service team members, and the NEW HOME
The family, service team members, and the NEW HOME

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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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Tomas' Family & Volunteers with Their New Home
Tomas' Family & Volunteers with Their New Home

Tomas and Margarita´s family was in great need of a better quality of life. The Guatemalan family lived in the rural village of Santa Maria de Jesus in a house made of cornstalk walls with a dirt floor. The house had no running water or electricity for Tomas and Margarita and their six children.

Since Tomas works in agriculture, he tends to earn less than Guatemala’s minimum wage and often has to look for different plantations or farms to offer his services to since low paying agricultural work can be so sporadic in his area. In addition, his wife Margarita is unable to find work to support her family because she never had the opportunity to receive a quality education. In this economic situation, Tomas and Margarita did not have the funds to purchase building materials to improve their home that was badly in need of repairs to keep them warm, dry, and safe.

In July of 2015, God’s Child Project volunteers were able to build the family a new home thanks to the help of donors offering monetary support for building materials and volunteers willing to work under a skilled laborer.

Tomas and Margarita now live in a home with sturdy walls and a concrete floor. For the first time, the family also has a door that locks to keep them and their six children safe.

There are many families in Guatemala in a situation similar to Tomas and Margarita’s. Thanks to donors and volunteers the God’s Child Project has been able to provide new homes to over 1,000 families in Guatemalan villages. With your generous contributions - we can continue to provide many more! 

Kind Regards,

Kendell Martell

Director of Benefactor Services

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG

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Dora, the mother of the family, has had to work extra hard due to her husband’s alcohol problem. When they got married he did not have a drinking problem. He was responsible and took care of the needs of the home. He didn’t start to have problems until his children were born. He works as a carpenter and earns a salary of Q1,600 per month most of which he spends on alcohol. He only gives Dora Q600 per month to provide food, clothes and an education for their children.

Dora is happy with her family because even though her husband drinks he has never hit her or her children and he has been somewhat responsible with the expenses of the home. Dora does not work outside of the home but dedicates herself to taking care of the children.

The house that they lived in was made out of old sheets of metal and a dirt floor. They even used sheets of plastic to cover parts where water was coming in. They also had to share the house with Dora’s mom. Because of this the family decided to ask Nuestros Ahijados to help build them a new home. The Project did a home visit and after verifying that the family truly did have a need the Project built a house for the family. Dora is very thankful that her children now have a safe place to live.

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