Educate Street Children in El Salvador

by The GOD'S CHILD Project
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Thanks to your support we are able to help make dreams come true for children in El Salvador like Blanca.

Blanca is currently in 5th grade at a local school in Guazapa, El Salvador. She is the oldest of 4 siblings and has grown up in the care of her grandmother since her mother couldn't afford to take care of her. Blanca's grandmother is of an advanced age and doesn't have a steady job so one of Blanca's cousins is the main economic support for the family.

Blanca is a very responsible young lady and always does her homework and also helps her grandmother around the house. Blanca says "I hope to graduate and become a teacher so that I can help my mom and live with her and my siblings again."

Blanca has been with the Asociación Nuestros Ahijados del Salvador for 6 years receiving food (rice and beans) as well as a monthly scholarship and other services that the Project provides. The family was also living in house in very poor condition so the Project also helped them with the construction of a new home.

Blanca is very happy to be a part of the project. She works hard every day to be a better person and to fight her way out of the poverty that she is currently living. She walks an hour everyday to go to school so that she can improver her situation. 

Because of your past donation we are able to give children like Blanca an education and help make their dreams of a better life come true. Please consider continuing your support for Educate Street Children in El Salvador by sending another donation or sharing Blanca's story with your friends and family.

Melany recieving her new backpack for school!
Melany recieving her new backpack for school!

Melany is currently studying sixth grade at Delfina Diaz Municipal School of El Salvador, and has been a part of The GOD´S CHILD Project for six years.  

Melany has survived many difficult situations especially those that have affected her personal health and the health of her mother. Melany frequently becomes ill and has a severe allergic reaction on her scalp, and if not treated quickly it becomes a fungus infection. Just as it had when she first became a part of the program.

When she was first brought to the project's office she had been suffering from a very rapidly spreading fungus infection that originated on her scalp and had moved down to her face. She was immediately treated at the clinic and provided the appropriate medications to help clear up the fungus quickly allowing her a full recovery.  During the same meeting she was enrolled into the program allowing her, her brother, and parents to receive benefits including education, food, and medical care.

She quickly became interested in studying and grasped concepts very quickly as the star of her class. She is always excited to tell people about how she wants to be a civil engineer when she grows up. But her reason why is what always makes our staff smile, “I want to take my family forward, bring them to a better way of life, show them that we too can make it, and chase our dreams like our teachers say.”

Melany is always happy to lend a hand and help her family in anything that she can, especially her mother. Every day before school she helps her mother get things ready for the day including cleaning up the house, cooking, and taking care of her brother. This is important especially now as her mother has been diagnosed with uterine cancer, and all the support from Melany helps her be able to rest and recover. Melany´s help paired with the financial support for the household expenses by The GOD´S CHILD Project helps to keep the family together and healthy.

We always look forward to hearing about how Melany is chasing her dreams, helping her family, and truly embracing her new opportunities thanks to the generosity you as donors have allowed into her life. We hope you enjoyed this brief look into her world and will consider sharing her story with your family and friends as well.

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Manuel helping around his local community.
Manuel helping around his local community.

Dear Supporter of The GOD’S CHILD Project in El Salvador,

Through your constant support and dedication to our work with the families in Guazapa, El Salvador, we are happy to report that our students are achieving successes that even we couldn’t have imagined 25 years ago. 

Let me tell you about Manuel, a young man who has now decided to pay it forward to the rest of the children in his community.

Manuel’s family has been a part of The GOD’S CHILD Project in El Salvador for over 8 years. Throughout this time, he and his sister have taken full advantage of the support they receive each month. From the first day Manuel and his sister joined the program, their family was able to receive a monthly support of rice, beans, clothing, shoes, school supplies, medical support, and—one of the most important things—an education.

Today, this young man has finished his studies at university level, and his younger sister just completed eighth grade. Though she is performing well in her classes, it is important that Manuel continues to support his sister with her homework. Manuel says, “It is a great joy to help her, especially because I am very experienced in some subjects.”

With the help of The GOD’S CHILD Project, this 23-year-old man has achieved one of his life’s greatest successes. In November, Manuel received the title of Professor of Secondary Education, specializing in mathematics. He achieved this success through many years of hard work and a determination to be able to help many more students in his community.

Many of the mothers in the community are very proud of his accomplishments, because Manuel has instilled a fire of knowledge in many of their children. His success has motivated them to work to achieve something with their lives, starting with a good education.

Manuel’s mother is exceptionally grateful for the support they have received from The GOD’S CHILD Project saying, “Without the help we received for school and our household needs, Manuel would have had a very difficult life, full of problems due to not having an education. Now he has been able to reach one of his dreams. I am so happy to see his success and happiness as he looks forward to the days of helping the younger kids in our community.”  

Please help us continue helping children like Manuel achieve their dreams. Your generous contribution today will help us make a difference for the children of El Salvador.

Please, consider sharing this story of Manuel and how he is paying it forward to your family and friends. May it warm their hearts as it has yours.  As each student grows, learns, and comes to believe that their dreams are possible, together we are breaking the chains of poverty, one child at a time.

Blessings to you in this new year,

 Melissa Schroden
Director of Special Opportunities
www.godschild.org

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Carmen after receiving this year
Carmen after receiving this year's school supplies

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados discovered Carmen in a small village near Guazapa, El Salvador. We’re happy to introduce you to Carmen and announce that Carmen and her younger siblings are now receiving food, clothing, and an education through the help of our donors!

Carmen currently lives with her mother and five siblings in a small shack in a rural village. When their father abandoned the family several years ago, Carmen’s mother started working cleaning houses or doing whatever other work she could find at the time. Carmen’s older brother helps support the family by working in a legal office, however with their combined wages, the family still only survives on $200 a month. On this amount, Carmen and her younger siblings were not able to go to school or rely on having three full meals every day.

Thanks to generous donations that help run the Asociación Nuestros Ahijados del Salvador program, Carmen and her siblings are now able to receive the education that Carmen’s mother couldn’t afford otherwise – giving them all hope for a brighter future. Most importantly, Carmen’s family is also currently receiving nutritious food that will allow the children to fully focus on their studies in this program, and not their hungry bellies.

Carmen’s mother is grateful to the Asociación Nuestros Ahijados program and donors since she did not have the opportunity to attend school when she was younger. She was desperate to give her children access to school and nutritious food so that they didn’t have to suffer the same hardships when they grow up that she has been facing due her lack of education.  

Not only has the Asociación Nustros Ahijados del Salvador provided Carmen and her siblings with an education, but thanks to donations the project has also been able to provide the family with all of the necessary school supplies, as well as new clothes and shoes for school. With the help of donors, Carmen and her siblings will also now have access to scholarships to continue their education after High School if they choose to attend University. This is very important in a country like El Salvador that has very few employment opportunities.

Since Carmen’s family has joined the program their lives have greatly improved. The God’s Child Project wants to thank those who have donated to the El Salvador project and forever changed the lives of this family! Carmen now looks forward to school every day and has become very motivated to continue her education. Carmen is now able to go to school with the hope of being someone when she grows up. Currently, her dream is to be a teacher so that she can teach all of the children of El Salvador. Since Carmen is now one of the best performing students in her school we know that she will go far.

Wendy is a girl who hopes to improve her living situation. She is 11 years old, the youngest of three, and loves to go to school. Wendy’s mother is a stay-at-home mom and her father works day and night to improve his family’s living situation. He is a farmer and earns $75 per month.

Wendy and her siblings have been a part of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados del Salvador for 6 years. Before that the family had no outside support. The children went to school but it was hard for the family to pay for 3 children to go to school. Wendy’s mother was about to pull them out of school so Nuestros Ahijados enrolled them in the program so that they could continue their education.

Upon being enrolled in the program the children were able to receive a scholarship to continue going to school. Wendy is currently in 4th grade and received rice and beans each month so that she can eat well. She also receives a monthly scholarship and all of the benefits that Nuestros Ahijados provides its beneficiaries with.

Wendy’s mom is very glad that she has the help of Nuestros Ahijados since it has helped her and her children have a better life.

 

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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
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