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!
Executive Director and Founder
Casa Jackson for Malnourished Infants Flee Floodwaters
Ron Osterbauer, Director of Operations
The GOD'S CHILD Project
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.
Help Make DAYA Self-Sustaining
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.
*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