Lecture by God's Child Project director to raise awareness of third world country needs
Posted on 10/30/2012
Dickinson State University students, faculty and staff members who participated in the God's Child Project service team will be presenting in conjunction with Patrick Atkinson, executive director of the God's Child Project. The dual presentation will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Beck Auditorium, Klinefelter Hall.
The lecture will first feature Atkinson, who will be speaking about the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing People Program (ITEMP.) In 1983, Atkinson moved to Central America where he began a twenty-five year international career in war-zone reconciliation and post-war reconstruction. He has been knighted and has been the recipient of numerous rights awards, including the Guatemalan Congressional Medal. He is most proud of having been named Father of the Year by his son, Ernesto. He is the founder and executive director of The God's Child Project and the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (ITEMP).
Immediately following Atkinson will be a presentation by DSU students who worked with God's Child Project in Guatemala in spring 2012. They will share lessons learned from the trip, as well as photos and other personal reflections.
The lecture is sponsored in part by the DSU God's Child Service Team, Students Other Than Average, Students Today Leaders Forever and the American Association of University Women.
The event is free and open to the public. A suggested donation is gently used or new children's shoes. DSU representatives will be collecting children's shoes at the door, which will be sent to Guatemala for distribution by God's Child Project.
For more information on ITEMP, visit www.itemp.org/humantrafficking101/humantraffickingfacts.html