About The GOD’S CHILD Project

Founded in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1991, The GOD’S CHILD Project (GCP) is a non-denominational organization reaching children and families in intense poverty. GCP provides essential care for thousands of children, widows, single mothers and families in Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Malawi, and the United States. In addition, GCP’s Institute for Trafficked, Exploited, & Missing Persons (ITEMP) prevents and rescues victims of human trafficking. 

Dedicated to sustainable and permanent changes, GCP has established an international presence in these poverty-stricken countries by providing education, healthcare, basic needs, emergency disaster relief, human rights services and family care. GCP’s efforts create stability and growth in broken areas of the world.

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A Brief History

Patrick AtkinsonFounded in 1991 by Patrick Atkinson, The GOD’S CHILD Project has been caring for orphaned and abandoned children for over 25 years.

Patrick had spent years around the world in humanitarian aid, working in New York to aid street children, in Guatemala to assist orphans lost in the middle of the Central American wars and in other countries. After spending some time working in Southeast Asia with human trafficking victims, Patrick was called back to Guatemala to help with the disastrous aftermath of war and thousands of orphans on the streets. Soon after, The GOD’S CHILD Project was born and continued to expand to developing areas across the world.  

Today, The GOD’S CHILD Project cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned and poverty-stricken children with the help of many caring volunteers and generous donors.

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Our Mission

WE, The GOD’S CHILD Community, are benefactors, friends, volunteers, and children joined together to assist God’s poorest children in their educational, social, physical, and spiritual growth. We view education as a practical way to help poor children escape from an otherwise painful life.

WE, The Adults, accept our youth as gifts from God given to be our teachers, students, and children. We believe in the need to stand by their side until they are prepared to meet life and triumph in the eyes of God, their community, and themselves.

WE, The Children, are the pride and reason why The GOD’S CHILD Project exists. We have the responsibility to behave honorably and to respect legitimate national, spiritual, and environmental law. We recognize the opportunities and help we have received from others, and will try each day to help someone with a need greater than our own.