Imagine you live in the slums of San Felipe, Guatemala. Your house consists of several metal sheets and thatched palm. There are holes in the roof and the floor you live on is dirt. When it rains, the water leaks through into the house and turns the dirt into mud. You leave your toddler for a minute to move your family’s clothes to some place dry in the house and he starts playing in the mud without any shoes. Your bed becomes soaked and the house, a mud pit. With the mud full of parasites and bacteria, there is the chance your child develops a sickness – any money you had saved up was put towards food and diapers, leaving you little to nothing to spend on medications and/or medical care if he falls ill. You are a single mother that works hard to keep your child fed and have no other relatives around to help.
This was the reality for the family portrayed in these pictures. The floors were dirt, the walls and roof contained holes, and there was little room for light to enter the home. Nevertheless, the family seemed content and you would never hear them complain about a thing. But the fact of the matter is, the living conditions were extremely inadequate for a child to grow up and learn in. In 3 days, we were able to gift them a new home and a newfound sense of safety, security, confidence, and comfort with the aid of a building group from the United States. The members of the ServiceTeam left feeling humbled and astounded by the immense gratitude expressed by the family.
Approximately 31% of houses have dirt floors in Guatemala, a number that skyrockets to 59% among the poor. A cement floor, adequate roofing, and sufficient lighting are luxuries for most. At The GOD’S CHILD Project, it is part of our mission to turn these luxuries into guarantees through our house building program. With the help of our dedicated ServiceTeams and volunteers, we have been able to provide thousands of new homes for struggling families, providing a strong foundation for a start to a better life and future.
We could not carry out this great work without your love and support. Please continue to keep the children and mothers we support in your hearts and consider donating to our cause so we can build more beautiful futures.