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2009 Annual Report

Breaking the Bitter Chains of Poverty Through Education and Formation PO Box 1573, Bismarck, ND 58502 (701) 255-7956 www.GodsChild.org

Contents

Mission Statement .........................................................................................................................................2 Message from the Founder and Executive Director ...............................................................................3 Education: The Heart of It All .........................................................................................................................4 Guatemala .........................................................................................................................................5 The Scheel Center ..............................................................................................................................6 Malawi, Africa ....................................................................................................................................7 Orissa, India .......................................................................................................................................7 United States......................................................................................................................................8 Nutrition Casa Jackson ................................................................................................................................9 Fighting Human Trafficking ............................................................................................................................11 Financial Overview .........................................................................................................................................13

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.

THE HISTORY BEHIND THE GODS CHILD Projects Mission Statement:


The GOD'S CHILD Project Mission Statement was written by project Founder and Executive Director Patrick Atkinson in 1993. The Project had been struggling to stay alive and pay the bills the hundreds of children were incurring, and after a long bout of physical fatigue caused by 120-hour work weeks, Mr. Atkinson became seriously ill with convulsive fevers. Unable to afford private medical care, Mr. Atkinson was cared for by project volunteers as he lay on a foam mattress placed on the floor of the Project's small rented house in Colonia Manchn, located on the north side of Antigua Guatemala. As his weight dropped from 160 to 105 lbs., the older children in the project began to quit the program, convinced that Mr. Atkinson was going to die and that when this happened, they would have to drop out of school anyway. Mr. Atkinson overheard two of the older boys discussing this, and so he resolved to recover and expand the program beyond only he as the Project's sole employee and full-time volunteer. Six months later, he wrote his commitment to share the responsibility for the quickly growing GOD'S CHILD Project with all parts who had a hand in its creation, support, and purpose. Later that same year, his prose was accepted as the project's Mission Statement by unanimous vote of the full board of directors.

Photo by Taylor Aubin

Dear GODS CHILD Project Family, When I founded The GODS CHILD Project back in 1991, I had no idea... actually, no desire... that in a few short years it would become the multi-national charity that it has become. After all, The GODS CHILD Project was founded very simply as one mans struggle to go back into the Guatemalan streets and rescue a small handful of children he had come to know during that nations war years. A real miracle has occurred within The Project since 1991. This miracle is not the tremendous international and home-town growth that The GODS CHILD Project has experienced over these years. Nor is it in the tens of thousands of local and far-away individuals who have traveled from around the world to volunteer at one of The GODS CHILD Projects health, education, community development, or anti-human trafficking programs. Yes... the real miracle of The GODS CHILD Project is that our growth has taken place without our ever having lost our original sentiment... the original mission... of keeping the Project simple, pure, effective, and efficient. In very many ways, the Project is a very big family. It is definitely not considered an institution. In other ways, the Project is considered a social movement; it is not just a charity. Without a doubt, the miracle of The GODS CHILD Project has occurred because our desire to serve God and the poor continue to be the reason for why we do what we do. All else is simply the means to these ends. Whether our efforts are at our Project sites in North Dakota, Guatemala, El Salvador, Texas, India, South Dakota, Malawi Africa, or our borderless anti-human trafficking efforts, in very simple words... we do what we do to serve God and the poor. When all is said and done, 5,000 orphaned and poverty-stricken children, and 8,700 widowed and abandoned mothers and their dependents are helped through the Projects efforts. These are made possible only because of your love and support. Thank you. Without you, we could do nothing. WITH you, The GODS CHILD Project is slowly changing the world one nation... one child... at a time. Blessings! Patrick Atkinson

Education: The Heart of It All

When it comes to educating the children, it is all very simple: with a good education, you have a good future. With a bad education, you have a bad future. And if you have no education, you have no future at all. Patrick J. Atkinson

The plain and simple truth of it all is that the children of The GODS CHILD Project would not be in school if it were not for the scholarship assistance they receive. Although the public education itself is free most families are unable to afford the uniforms or supplies required to attend. In many other cases the families need the children to help earn a living through shining shoes, collect recyclable plastics or even begging. The tremendous works of The GODS CHILD Project began with an incredible dream. Once envisioned, this dream was founded, nurtured and is today sustained by the dreams of the thousands of boys, girls and mothers it serves every day. Today, The GODS CHILD Project cares for and educates over 5,000 children and 8,700 widowed, abandoned, and single mothers and their dependents in the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, India, and Malawi Africa, so that their dreams of one day having an education, a healthy body, and a positive, productive future an incredible reality, too.

Children Educated by The GODS CHILD Project


Children in GOD'S CHILD Project Schools 18% Supported in non GOD'S CHILD Project School 82%

GUATEMALA
The Dreamer Center in Antigua, Guatemala is literally the heart and soul of The GODS CHILD Project work in Central America. Built on the sight of the former city dump, its lush, green landscape and beautiful architecture is a standing symbol of restoration and hope. On any given day there is a flurry of services and activities. These Activities occur at the main project site just outside of Antigua: The Dreamer Center School Mothers Clubs Atkinson Family Medical Clinic Dental Clinic - Parroquia De La Presentacin Dental Clinic Library Bauer Amphitheater Chapel Community Rooms Weekly food distributions.

The GODS CHILD Project in Guatemala 2009


30,000 hot meals and warm nights sleep received at the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter 255 Children placed by The GODS CHILD Project in loving foster families. 4000 children supported with educational, social, nutritional, and medical services. 500 mothers receiving vegetable distributions weekly. 5,892 patients served at the Medical and Dental Clinics.
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The Scheel Center


Known for its beauty, culture, and history, the Panchoy Valley also has its marginal zones where homeless families and street children live. In these areas the unemployment rate is high, adolescents lack education, crime is prevalent, alcoholism is rampant, and familial violence is widespread; the perfect place for a specialized technical school. Construction of the school was completed December 6, 2007, and classes began in January of 2008. The Scheel Centers goal is to be a catalyst for community change on a large scale by giving hope to impoverished families, abused or abandoned children. Hope is given in three forms: Standard Education, Specialized Technical Training and Community Building. Standard Education: For much of the modern world, formal education starts around the ages of 4, 5 or 6. By the time a child enters first grade they have often had several years of academic enrichment to better prepare them to learn. Students at the Scheel Center come from a very different world. Many of the students who study at the Center have been robbed of their childhood in various ways. They have not had time to play and learn. Many have not had access basic necessities such as adequate food, clean water, shelter or medical care. For these and other reasons, the Scheel Center students have grown up without an opportunity to learn. The Scheel Center (El Centro Scheel) is fully accredited by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and offers classes in the Primary School, Accelerated Primary, and Middle School academic levels. Specialized Technical Training: Because of the unique background of the students at the Scheel Center some of them will not be able to continue their academic pursuits after the 8th or 9th grade level, or they will at least need to secure a part time job in order to do so. In an effort to equip all our students for life after school the following technical courses are currently being offered to students when they start their "basico" year. Each course's objective is to prepare a student with the prerequisite knowledge and skill required to get a job in that field. Specialized courses include a carpentry program, cooking classes and computer skills.

EL SALVADOR
The work and dedicated staff of the Dreamer Center also reach beyond the borders into neighboring El Salvador to care for those in need. Following the call and passion that is The GODS CHILD Project, La Asociacin Nuestros Ahijados cares for and educates children in need in Guazapa, El Salvador.

MALAWI, AFRICA
In 2001, The GOD'S CHILD Project, through its Founder and International Executive Director Patrick Atkinson, responded to an urgent plea by representatives of the United Nations to help the poor and AIDS-afflicted children and widows of Malawi, Africa by founding The Mwana wa Mulungu Project (The GOD'S CHILD Project Malawi). Since then, Mwana wa Mulungu has been busy using an all-volunteer force to build schools, dig and protect fresh water wells, each environmentally friendly farming skills efforts done to help our poorest brothers and sisters who desperately need a platform to see above and through their seemingly hopeless situation. By promoting education, we intend to place into practice the credo of The GOD'S CHILD Project: "To break the bitter chains of poverty" that have for so long gripped this beautiful people. Hope, and therefore a reason to dream big dreams, CAN be realized by these people, if they only given the most basic of tools - an education!

ORISSA, INDIA
In 2008, The GODS CHILD Project formed a strategic partnership with DAYA (The Destitute, Aged and Young Association) in Orissa, India. DAYA had been struggling each month to care for and educate the orphaned children in eastern India. The GODS CHILD Project now provides administrative support and financial assistance to this small program while strengthening and expanding its work in this needy country.

DAYA houses and cares for orphaned children between the ages of 3 to 11, providing a safe home, food, clothing and assistance with school fees. Beyond the orphans cared for at the center, a recent outreach to Sardapali slum dwellers is now providing education to those who otherwise could never attend school.
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UNITED STATES
The GODS CHILD Project continues to serve the Native American communities that are within the United States. In 2009 The GODS CHILD Project focused its efforts on the Standing Rock Reservation, located in Southwestern North Dakota and Northwestern South Dakota. "On the reservation, things seem hopeless. If even one child can see something other than hopelessness, maybe they'll better their lives." Rose Decouteau Solen Community Center Director

The GODS CHILD Project received national recognition when it was given the Make A Difference Day Award, which is chosen annually by USA WEEKEND Magazine and Newmans Own. The purpose of the award is to recognize a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. The specific, award-winning project involved GODS CHILD staff and volunteers helping build a wheelchair ramp for a child with muscular dystrophy, winterizing 5 homes, distributing winter clothing, and refurbishing the Solen Community Center.

A Fresh Start with Good Nutrition Casa Jackson


"Infants are the most vulnerable victims of poverty. Children come into the world ready to thrive and grow. When they are denied proper and sufficient nutrition in their diets, their systems are ill-equipped to prepare for it and the consequences can be permanent. Casa Jackson for malnourished Infants is rejuvenating the most defenseless victims of Guatemala: malnourished infants. In addition to professionally treating these young children, it is a safe haven for them, providing them with love and affection." - A message from Luke Armstrong, Program Director for Asociacin Nuestros Ahijados

Casa Jackson is a recovery center for malnourished infants and children under the age of 11 years located in Antigua, Guatemala. The program is based on five basic elements, each working in conjunction with the other to create long-lasting success. 1. In-house care of acute malnourishment - Casa Jackson is designed to accommodate up to 20 in-house cases of severe malnourishment. These patients consist of children and infants who run a high risk of mortality without immediate intervention. 2. Outpatient rehabilitation In cases where mortality is not at high risk, children are still helped through our outpatient care. The center works with treatment and monitoring of up to one hundred such chronic malnourishment cases in the surrounding communities. Working with partners such as Direct Relief International, the center is able to provide proper nutrition, education, and monitoring so that over time these children can become properly nourished. 3. Field Clinics to determine possible cases of malnutrition Part of the problem of malnutrition in Guatemala arises because many communities do not have access to proper healthcare. Casa Jackson regularly conducts field clinics to bring medical care to poorer communities, identifying critical cases and setting up outpatient rehabilitation as necessary.

4. Community Empowerment to fight malnutrition at its roots - Field clinics are facilitated with the coordination of local community leaders. These local leaders are taught the simple measurements used in the triaging process so that they can identify severe malnutrition cases and refer them to the center on an on-going basis. 5. Rehabilitated living condition Merely treating victims of malnutrition without addressing the cause is a losing strategy. No matter how effective the center is at rehabilitation, it is all done in vain if they are placed in situations where the vicious cycle is allowed to continue. The inpatient recovery program encompasses the recovery of a childs entire family. Casa Jacksons social worker assess of the underlying causes of the patients malnourishment, and institute a plan rehabilitation system including water purification, home gardens and even teaching the family to raise chickens. Malnutrition affects every level of Guatemalan society. Under the direction and support of Asociacin Nuestros Ahijados, Casa Jackson is a model center for combating and preventing malnutrition, delving into each level of the problem, and utilizing a large network of support to present a variety of workable solutions to a complicated problem. A total of 108 Babies have been saved at Casa Jackson. The average cost per baby per day is $27.00.

A story from Casa Jackson:

Edvin
Edvin came to Casa Jackson when he was one year and eight months old. He was severely malnourished when he arrived. He came from a family of 7 children and his parents did not have the means or knowledge to care for them properly. His parents brought him to Casa Jackson when they knew he needed more help than they could give him. While Edvin was at Casa Jackson, social workers helped the family improve the condition of their home by helping them start a hydroponic gardening system and showing them how to raise chickens through The Projects Pollo (chicken) Project. After spending two months at Casa Jackson, Edvin returned to his family a changed infant. He began talking, walking, smiling, and running everywhere. The steady diet and care given to Edvin has created a happy and healthy child. The nutritional education and support given to Edvins family has given them a hopeful future.

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Setting Captives Free


ITEMP (The Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons) The Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons is a "program without borders" of the nondenominational international charity, The GOD'S CHILD Project. Slavery is a part of our history, that has never disappeared; instead it has taken a different form. An increase in world population and global traveling, as well as rapid social and economic changes, have made moving people around the world easier, but have also changed slavery into a different form human trafficking. Human trafficking is the modern-day form of slavery and involves the movement of people by means of violence, deception or coercion for the purpose of forced labor, servitude or slavery-like practices. Today, human trafficking is the third largest criminal industry in the world, after arms and drug dealing. It is also the fastest growing. Traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits every year while victimizing millions of people around the globe.

"We believe that every person has the right to live their life free from slavery, coercion, and fear. Quite simply, this is why we do what we do."
Patrick Atkinson -ITEMP Founder and International Executive Director HUMAN TRAFFICKING Human trafficking exists in two forms: Sex Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years. Labor Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.

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ITEMPs Five-Prong Approach to Eradicating Human Trafficking


PREVENTION: ITEMP strives to prevent the trafficking of human beings. We believe that it is far
easier to prevent a problem then it is to fix a problem. By educating the public about human trafficking we can create networks to solve this social ill. INVESTIGATION: With operations in Central America, Africa, Asia and the United States, ITEMP personnel actively investigate reports of trafficking, child labor, child prostitution, and forced labor. By doing the dirty and dangerous work of investigating these cases, ITEMP personnel bravely search for those who have had their voice taken from them. INTERDICTION AND RESCUE: When ITEMP personnel discover a victim, we move aggressively to remove them from that situation. The faster a victim is safely removed from a dangerous situation, the faster ITEMP can begin to assist them in putting their life back together. REHABILITATION: It can take only a moment to destroy a life, but it can take years to put it back together again. ITEMP's greatest gift to the victims of modern day slavery is the help they need to put their lives back together again. This is the long, hard slog, but it is the area ITEMP is best at. GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY: As a society, we have endowed upon are governments the duty to protect us. Unfortunately, governments do not always adapt as fast to the changing world as criminals. ITEMP works tirelessly to advocate governments on behalf of victims of human trafficking.

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The GOD'S CHILD Project Financial Overview

2009 Public Support Contributions Fundraising In-kind donations Miscellaneous $ 2,000,003 $ 266,625 $ 956,783 $ 2,628 $ 3,225,679

Expenses Program Fund Raising Management and General

$ 2,748,557 $ 137,895 $ 369,245 $ 3,255,697

Net Assets at beginning of year $ Net assets at end of year $

569,489 539,471

Management and general 11%

Fund raising 4%

Program Services 85%

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