The GOD'S CHILD Project

Breaking the Bitter Chains of Poverty with Education, Housing, and Healthcare

aka The GOD'S CHILD Project   |   Bismarck, ND   |  www.GodsChild.org

Mission

The GOD'S CHILD Project breaks the bitter chains of poverty through health-care, education, and housing. The project currently cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned and impoverished children... and provides training, legal aide, medical care, and support to 8,700 widowed, single, and abandoned mothers and their dependents... in Central America, Africa, and the United States.

Ruling year info

1991

Founder, Executive Director

Mr. Patrick Atkinson

Main address

PO Box 1573

Bismarck, ND 58502 USA

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EIN

45-0422423

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

By working through and developing locally-networked nonprofits, The GOD'S CHILD Project (GCP) builds sustainable culturally-relevant local educational, healthcare, and home-building programs that are replicated into additional areas. In Guatemala, GCP works through La Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, also founded by GCP founder Patrick Atkinson, to care for and educate orphaned and poverty-born children, and abandoned mothers, through the Robert and Joan Scheel Center for Academic and Vocational Excellence, The Dreamer Center, and Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children. Additional programs are The Mothers Clubs (to provide literacy, job skills, legal rights aid, and positive networking), The Atkinson Family Clinics (medical, dental, and crisis care), and The Santa Madre Homeless Shelter. In India, GCP works through the Daya Orphanage for Girls, to raise and educate children rescued from the streets of Calcutta and other metro areas. Worldwide, GCP operates the ITEMP.org

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The GOD'S CHILD Project

The GOD'S CHILD Project cares for and educates directly, and through internationally networked 'sister charities' 5,000 orphaned, homeless, and impoverished children, and 8,700 widowed and abandoned mothers and their dependents in Central America, India, and the United States. The Project also operates highly-specialized residential and non-residential centers for malnourished infants, the homeless shelters, individuals needing drug and alcohol treatment, domestic violence and crisis intervention relief, human trafficking prevention/detection/interdiction/rehabilitation, and academic schools in Guatemala and El Salvador Central America, and India.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The GOD'S CHILD Project's goal is to break impoverished children, families, and communities out of poverty through sustainable health-care, home-building, and education. We do this by providing safe and secure foster-care homes, quality education, preventative and curative health care, and continuous inspiration for the child and family.

The Project meets the needs of each of our 5,000 children by identifying what each child needs, and developing a custom plan that involves the child and his/her family at every step.

The services the child might receive include:

- supervised foster care if they are orphaned or abandoned,

- a quality education that begins with Pre-School and follows a child through the University,

- practical job training skill development for the older children, to complement their academic education,

- legal, psychological, and crisis-intervention assistance to help the child overcome difficulties stemming from their years living on the streets, in abusive or neglectful homes, or in institutions,

When a child is accepted into a GOD'S CHILD Project program, they continue as a member of our extensive family until they decide to stop their academic progression.

The GOD'S CHILD Project has small stateside staffs in Bismarck, ND and Minneapolis, MN which provide for the funding, public awareness, and individual and group volunteer stream to our direct-service programs stateside, and in Guatemala, El Salvador, India, and Malawi, Africa.

In Guatemala and El Salvador, The GOD'S CHILD Project works through La Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, and of El Salvador (ANA). ANA has a combined 87 volunteer and paid staff members, and receives an average of 40 international, home-building ServiceTeams each year.

The Guatemalan and El Salvadoran programs include The Scheel Center, The Dreamer Center, Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children, The Santa Madre Emergency Homeless Shelter, The Atkinson Family Clinics, and other programs.

In India, The GOD'S CHILD Project works through the DAYA Orphanage and School, to care for and educate former child prostitutes rescued from the streets of Calcutta.

In Malawi, Africa, The GOD'S CHILD Project works through Mwana Wa Mulungu ('GOD'S CHILD Project' in Chichewa) to provide housing and education to AIDS orphans, provide fresh water wells, and operate poultry cooperatives for AIDS widows.

Worldwide, The GOD'S CHILD Project's 'Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons' educates and prevents, identifies, investigates, rescues, and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking, as well as provide prosecutorial assist.

The GOD'S CHILD Project operates and supports the highest-quality award-winning programs imaginable. These programs are frequently lauded by local government and non-government leaders as models to be admired and duplicated.

In the 26 years since the Project's founding, nearly 80,000 children have been raised into positive, educated, forward-looking adulthood through our different programs.

With our singular focus being on the well-being of the children in The GOD'S CHILD Project, we got behind the eight-ball in creating a lasting, sustainable support structure that will survive past our founder / executive director. Concentrated efforts are being made in this regard.

Financials

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The GOD'S CHILD Project

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alfred Wolf

Attorney and Community Leader

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Roger Ziegler

Software Systems and Development

Term: 2016 - 2018

Robert and Matilda Rupp

Community Leaders

Christina Martinez

Business Entrepreneur and Community Leader

Sally Nash

Community Leader