Sponsor José

/Sponsor José

Sponsor José

Gender Male
Birth Date December 15, 2013
Age 6 years old
Grade Preschool
School Dreamer Center (Centro Soñador)
Country Guatemala

Biography

José lives in Jocotenango with his mother, brother and sister. Their house is made of sheet metal and has a cement floor. The house is made up of only one room, and there are two beds that the family share. José’s mother is not currently working and the family rely on relatives to help out with household costs. José’s father does not live with them and does not currently support them financially.

José’s favorite color is blue and his favorite animals are dogs. José likes to listen to children’s songs, and the one he likes best is called ‘La Mariposita’ which means ‘The Little Butterfly’. In school José’s favorite time of the day is playtime. This year his goal is to be able to draw cool things like the pictures on display in his classroom.

When he grows up, José would like to do the same job as his father, a demolition worker knocking down houses so that new houses can be built. José said that he wants to do this job so that he can be close to his father.

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Child Sponsorship Program

The children in our sponsorship program are orphaned, abandoned, or come from extremely poor families who are eager to escape from the poverty that has trapped their family for generations. The GOD’S CHILD Project’s philosophy is that through education, housing, and healthcare, together we can “break the bitter chains of poverty.”

Currently, there are over 500 children being sponsored by almost 1,000 padrinos, or godparents. Children exchange letters, cards and photos regularly with their sponsors. Sponsors also have the opportunity to visit their sponsored child and meet them in person.

Sponsored children receive money for education costs, clothes, shoes, food and medical care every month. We pay school fees for these boys and girls, and buy their school uniforms, books and supplies. These children and their families need to take their studies seriously, and we ask that children maintain a B average. We also teach parents the value of education so the whole family takes the child’s studies seriously.

In addition, we provide children and their families with other essentials such as food, medical and dental care, crisis intervention counseling, clothing, and lots of loving structure on which they depend while they battle the dynamics of poverty.

Our direct cost to care for each child is $120 per month for a child who lives with his/her own family, and $160 per month for each child who lives with a program foster family.  With the latter, $50 a month goes right to the foster family.  We ask you to help sponsor a child with an amount within your budget. Unlike almost all other charities, we do not set a fixed amount to sponsor a child, and many sponsors donate less than this, requiring multiple sponsors for each child in the program. We know that some people can give more, and others less. We appreciate all sponsorships very much.