Sponsor Natividad

/Sponsor Natividad

Sponsor Natividad

Gender Female
Birth Date October 5, 2004
Age 15 years old
Grade 8th Grade
School Scheel Center (Centro Scheel)
Country Guatemala

Biography

Natividad (who uses the nickname “Nati”) lives with her mother and five brothers in Guardiania el Hato, Antigua. The house is made of block, sheetrock, and has a ceramic floor. Her mother works cleaning other people’s homes on Fridays and Saturdays. Every other day of the week, she works selling food in the streets. She earns about $134 monthly. Nati’s stepfather doesn’t live with them, but he helps out with the rent on their home when he can.

Nati´s favorite color is gray, and her favorite animal is the dog. She likes to listen to reggaeton music. Her favorite class at the Scheel Center is English. She wants to graduate from college as a pre-primary teacher to help young children with their education. Her goal for this year is to get good grades in each of her classes.

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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.