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We had a wonderful first Give to the Max Day! 

Each year, generous supporters celebrate Give to the Max Day by making their online donation on GiveMN.org. The generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event. Their giving has allowed us to do the work we get the privilege to do. While we don't have the final total, we wanted to express our sincere gratitude for our supporters and their dedication to GOD’S CHILD.  Being our first year participating in GTMD, we are pretty proud of our success. 

Although Give to the Max Day is over, our generous donor will continue to match funds through the end of the year. Keep your eyes open for more ways to help GCP and the women & children we serve. More to come! 

THANK YOU for believing in and supporting GCP!

- The GOD'S CHILD Project Team 

Child Crisis Along Southern Border

"There are thousands of innocent lives along the southern border of the United States who need protection now. These are children who need help, guidance and protection from yet another horrible experience that will sentence them to a life of modern day slavery."

Dear GOD'S CHILD Friend,

All of us are deeply concerned about what we are seeing in the news.  More than 100,000 children have rushed across our southern border.  They are fleeing their homes in Guatemala and Central America to "el norte" to find safety and shelter. Sadly, it does not always end that way. Please take a moment to read the recent news article.  

Our response at GCP has been to re-double our efforts in Guatemala to reach more children and provide support and education for families there, so children can grow up and thrive in their homes. 

Please take a moment and donate now to protect children and help families stay together. 

Thank you for your concern and support of The GOD'S CHILD Project!

 

 

Patrick Atkinson
Executive Director and Founder

Help Make DAYA Self-Sustaining

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The GOD’S CHILD Project supported program, DAYA (Destitute Aged and Young Association), is seeking to raise $4,000 USD for their new garden that will help feed the children at the home as well as employ the women supported by the program. In Phulbani, Odisha, India, the DAYA Children’s Home has a 2 acre patch of land they plan to use for agricultural purposes, raising a variety of vegetables as well as mango, banana and lemon trees. This will also be income generating as they will grow the ingredients for the newly started pickle project that employs poor women of India. To ensure a successful program they need to have a retaining wall installed around the land to keep the street cows and other animals from eating the produce. The estimated cost to construct a wall around the land is $4,000 USD.

Please support this cause that will assist in making the DAYA program self-sustaining. To know more about DAYA and their program please visit www.dayaindia.org.

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*Donations made through this campaign are paid directly to DAYA and all tax deductibilty questions and issuing of tax receipts should be directed to DAYA. You can reach them by email at DAYA@dayaindia.org 

Beverly (Gerhardson) Paulson Memorial Match

Bev Paulson 2One of our most generous supporters, Lloyd Paulson, has stepped up during this traditionally slow time for donations to kick-start summer giving by honoring his late wife Beverly (Gerhardson) Paulson.

Bev was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a volunteer director of the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival for 18 years. She was a founding member of the Dollars for Scholars Foundation in Moorhead and other communities. She was also chosen a YWCA Woman of the Year in 1994. She knew the value of an education as do you our wonderful supporters.

DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT DURING JUNE. Please provide the critical contribution that makes it possible for the Project to sustain life-changing programs around the world and in the USA for over 5,000 boys and girls.

To make your gift count for this match, please go to GCPStore or call us at (701) 255-7956 or (612) 351-8020 to make a credit card donation over the phone.

Thank you and thanks to Lloyd for making it possible for us to continue our work!

Casa Jackson for Malnourished Infants Flee Floodwaters

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Contact:
Ron Osterbauer, Director of Operations
The GOD'S CHILD Project
(701) 255-7956

GOD’S CHILD Project’s Casa Jackson for Malnourished Infants Flee Floodwaters

(June 3, 2014)  Flooding from heavy rains have forced the Bismarck-based GOD’S CHILD Project to evacuate Casa Jackson for Malnourished Infants hospital, in Antigua, Guatemala.  Classes are also canceled at the Project’s main Guatemalan campus, the Dreamer Center, so that staff and volunteers can move babies, children, cribs, medicines, and food to a temporary hospital being constructed by Project volunteers behind the Dreamer Center.

Over 8 inches of rain fell within minutes, and several more over the course of the last couple days, filling the streets of Antigua and the surrounding villages.  Municipal water mains broke, and the entire first floor of Casa Jackson, which houses the malnutrition center’s kitchens, offices, doctor’s office, and laundry facilities is filled with contaminated water.  When city water mains began to back up into Casa Jackson, Project executive director Patrick Atkinson ordered the water mains connecting the hospital to the municipal pipes to be severed and sealed, and electrical power shut off.  

The water damage to Casa Jackson is extensive and it is not known if or when the babies will be able to return.  The facility as it is now is uninhabitable and there is contamination.  The children-in-residence at Casa Jackson have weakened immune systems and are extremely vulnerable to airborne and other pollutants. A new building may be our only option at this time.

Casa Jackson was founded by Atkinson in 2006 and is GOD'S CHILD Project's safe haven and recovery center for severely malnourished infants and children in Guatemala. It has become the regional leader in medical care and recovery for malnourished infants and children.  It’s also a favorite of many volunteers and ServiceTeam members.  Terri Brandt, a NICU RN from Bismarck, North Dakota has volunteered at Casa Jackson 5 times and said “If it weren’t for Casa Jackson most of those babies would starve to death.  The parents don’t have the means to feed the children or the education to recognize a failure to thrive.  My heart is just breaking! I want to get on an airplane right now and just do something.  It’s a devastating loss. I’m speechless.”

Landslides from heavy rains have killed at least five people and showers are expected to continue throughout the week.

Emergency financial help for the care of the babies at Casa Jackson is greatly needed. You can donate online at www.GCPStore.com or at The GOD’S CHILD Project office at 721 Memorial Highway in Bismarck, ND. 

Bring Zoie Home

Last Friday our ITEMP team worked all day in tight coordination with the Detroit Police Department on a kidnapped child human trafficking case. Our office received a call from an officer in their department asking for resources to get a kidnapped child home. She went on to explain that Zoie Jackson, 5, was taken from her school by her mentally ill mother, who does not have custody, while her father was in surgery.Zoie Jackson Returns

Over the next couple of days Zoie's mother drove 1,300 miles to Texas attempting to cross the border to Mexico, but was apprehended by authorities before she could complete her plan. Zoie was put in the hands of Child Protective Services and spent days without her father. Desperate for resources, the Detroit Police Department reached out to ITEMP asking for help.

We immediately knew we wanted to bring Zoie Jackson home to her family. This time around fast action brought great results and Zoie was reunited with her father and grandmother! Now we need your help. Please click here to DONATE NOW to fund Zoie Jackson's reunion. Even small donations will help to defer the cost.

Thank your so much for your support of Zoie Jackson and her family. Your contributions, prayers, and support make it possible for us to continue to help children like Zoie.

To see Zoie reunion with her family check out the heart-warming story by WXYZ Action News, click here.

The Robert and Joan Scheel Holiday Match

Bob and Joan ScheelTwo of our most generous supporters, Robert and Joan Scheel, inspired by the fire so many of you have shown this Christmas Season in your support for the children and programs of The GOD’S CHILD Project, are matching up to $150,000 in last-minute donations.

You would put $25 into savings if your company would match it another $25, wouldn’t you? Why not do the same with your support for the Project’s 5,000 boys and girls? Today you have that chance.

Double the impact of your love and support.  Please provide the critical contribution right now that makes it possible for the Project to sustain life-changing programs around the world and in the USA.

To make your gift count for this match, please click here. Thank you for making it possible for us to do the work.

Patrick Atkinson, Founder and Executive Director

The Robert and Joan Scheel  Holiday Match Challenge

The GOD’S CHILD Project   701-255-7956   763-432-7132   www.GodsChild.org

Ruby Tuesday Community GiveBack – Bismarck, ND

Join us for Ruby Tuesday’s Community GiveBack Programs this week on December 10, 11 and 12, 2013 in Bismarck, ND at the 3520 State Street location. 20% of your purchase will be given to The GOD’S CHILD Project. Print out this post or download the Ruby Tuesdays GCP Flyer and show to your server! You MUST have the flyer with you for GCP to receive donations. If you do not have access to a printer, stop by GCP Bismarck Office at 721 Memorial Highway to pick up a copy. See you at Ruby’s!

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If you have any questions please contact:

Kristin Clouston

Special Activities Coordinator

701-255-7956

Kristin.Clouston@GodsChild.org

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations”

From now until December 3, Giving Tuesday, we are striving to raise $10,000 to help children cross the threshold of human trafficking, poverty, and lack of education. Any gift of money will make an impact on a child’s life. A contribution of only $10 will help provide a child with one meal, however, a gift of $1,000 will provide a child with the nourishment he or she may need for an entire year. The meaning behind “Give $100 Help 100” is simple. If you donate $100 to GOD’S CHILD Project you will be helping 100 children overcome their trials. At GOD’S CHILD Project (GCP) we truly appreciate your help, and with your donation of $100 or more, we want to show our appreciation by sending you a copy of the collectors book, A Message for My Child, by Patrick Atkinson that will be signed by the 100 children you impacted.

Additionally, we have an opportunity to win an additionally $15,000 through this #GivingTuesday campaign and it all thanks to your contribution!

Thank you for your ongoing love and support this holiday season! We could not do this without you.

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Happy Giving,

Nicole Jacobs – Special Activities Coordinator
Nicole.Jacobs@GodsChild.org
Ph: +1 (763) 432-7132 

Dreams in Flight

FB-Banner-Dreams-in-Flight-300x164The GOD’S CHILD Project is donating new toys to other nonprofits and hosting a free party for families!

(Bismarck)  The GOD’S CHILD Project is giving 17 pallets of toys to other local nonprofit organizations including Carrie’s Kids, The Abused Adult Resource Center, Welcome House, The Salvation Army Western ND Service Extension, and the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.

HESS Oil Company provided the helicopter and rescue truck sets which include lights and sound features, motorized rotors, retractable landing gear, and friction motors on the trucks.

Students can also win helicopter sets for their entire class. The GOD’S CHILD Project always encourages kids to follow their dreams, and we want to give young artists an opportunity to showcase their creativity! We’re asking children in grades k – 5 to design, draw, and color their own flying machine. Our judges will choose 2 designs, and the winners will get a helicopter set for themselves and for every child in their class!

The GOD’S CHILD Project will distribute the toys at our “Dreams in Flight” celebration open to all children and their families in the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding areas. This FREE celebration will be at the Bismarck Aero Center hanger #7 on Thursday, October 17th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The event will also feature flight simulators, model airplane demonstrations, paper airplane contests, the Civil Air Patrol, face painting, student dancers, and food! No tickets or reservations necessary – open to everyone in the area.