My inspiration to help others.
As a child, my parents always made sure we were highly involved with a variety of volunteer experiences and charities. My mom always said, 'we are blessed to have more than enough, and it is our responsibility to help others.' From church functions to school programs to non-profits to the little old lady down the street - we as a family always stepped in to help.
As an adult now, I have tried to keep up with my moms go get'm drive when volunteering, but somehow I tend to stick with organizations that are for children in other countries. Especially those that work with street children, bringing them out of the shadows and into the world where they too have a chance.
I am always attracted to nonprofits like GOD'S CHILD Project, helping children receive a second chance at life. My first experience volunteering, and donating to them, was when I was 19 and living in Guatemala. They had a huge group of dentists come down to Guatemala - working with the families and communities of their base project.
I will never forget the looks on the children when they saw these doctors - their excitement, nervousness, and pride to show their teeth. One at a time I interpreted for the doctors, children and adults. One at a time I saw children who had very few 'good' cavity free teeth to be cleaned, but the desire to have teeth like the American doctors was contagious.
Children got cavities fixed, learned to brush and floss correctly, received tooth brushes and tooth paste; but the most moving part was them now having smiles to be proud of.
These children I later found out were at one point in their lives homeless, living on the streets, and at times child prostitutes bought into child slavery due to their lack of options for survival.
Through the help and guidance of GOD'S CHILD Project, these same children were living in foster homes, receiving medical care, education, and food for their hungry bellies every day. Without this organizations help my heart breaks for the alternative lives they could be living, if living at all.
Everyday GOD'S CHILD Project, works hard to find and help many more children just like the ones I worked with years ago, and the results are amazing. These children went from dreamless daily pain and suffering to dreamers who are becoming educated, employed, honorable adults who continue to give back to the children who are like they once were.
Review from #MyGivingStory
My service-trip to Guatemala in 2009 was life-changing, as I catch myself having to validate whether I NEED things, as compared to how I lived there. I have/had made several changes to the way I was deciding to spend money. I find myself spending LESS, and being able to allocate MORE towards certain funds. Aside from this all, I was able to make a positve impact in the lives of several families, as I was able to build three houses, and got to play with some AWESOME kids.
I have volunteered with The God's Child Project five times in Guatemala to date, and also have volunteered at the US offices as well. This organization changes lives. We have sponsored kids through GCP and have seen (in person) their lives change forever! GCP offers hope for a better future as well as a better present. Volunteering in Guatemala is so awesome because the team they have down there is so much fun! Every teacher, social worker, coordinator, home builder, etc care about what they do. Many of them now I get to call friends and to have people with hearts of gold working with this project just makes you confident when you come back home. You know that the kids and families of Guatemala are in amazing hands with the GCP workers & volunteers located in Antigua. Everyone should go down and volunteer, it does change the lives of people in Guatemala but even more so, it will change you!
Great group of hardworking people. If only every charity was this effective, efficient and sound.
After reviewing The God's Child Project's operations, I was so impressed by their efficiency, effectiveness and openness of their finances, as well as their ability to stretch donations as far as humanly possible, that I volunteered full-time for 4 months. It was the greatest thing I have ever done and I have since brought down friends, colleagues and associates from all walks of life. While I was at The God's Child Project program I sorted clothing, built houses, handed out food, and worked as a teacher. When I met the executive director I was impressed by his humility; he was unloading donated food off of a truck so for nearly an hour I thought he was just another volunteer. Then a staff member came and told him he had to get ready to meet with the Vice-President. If you are pure in your motivations and want to work with and support a real charity, this is the real deal. If you are into power trips, and for some reason a lot of potential volunteers and donors are, no one in The God's Child Project is going to let that happen. There's too much real work to be done and they've been making real changes in countries all over the world for nearly 25 years. The finances are externally and independently audited yearly in the United States and every three months in the international programs that the Gods child Project supports. Those external audit reports are available to anyone and everyone.
Review from Guidestar
In my experience, the financials from this organization are hidden from the donors. It is extremely difficult to determine how much of the donation is used for intended recipients and how much is used to fund salaries. This is an organization that in theory can do a lot of good, but is so careless and inept at sharing quantifiable data, you could be throwing your money away. In a time when donors expect more than anecdotal stories, Project God's Child has fallen off the map. There are other organizations that are much more transparent that "do good" in the places in which God's Child operates. I will donate with them the next time.
Review from Guidestar
This international organization pairs donors with individual children in the U.S., Guatemala and Africa who need support for their basic needs and for schooling. The God's Child Project organizes service teams to help with projects in Guatemala including homebuilding. Out of their efforts to ensure that impoverished children have tools to build successful lives, they have seen a need to intervene in the area of human trafficking. As the sponsor of a child, I am impressed with the way the organization facilitates communication and demonstrates how my support positively impacts my sponsoree.
Review from Guidestar
I have volunteered twice in Guatemala with the God's Child Project and say first-hand that this organization is saving hundreds of children from abject poverty by providing them with first and foremost an education, but also with safe housing, food and medical care. Every volunteer and staff member is focused on doing what it takes to keep children in school and off the very dangerous streets.