Partial Listing of the National and International Recognitions Received by The GOD'S CHILD Project and/or Patrick Atkinson
(Through June 2003)
June 2003 The very prestigious "Liberty Bell Award", we received on June 26th from the State Bar Association of North Dakota. The Liberty Bell Award is the highest award that can be given to someone who is not an attorney, and was given to us on behalf of our human rights work in the Guatemalan prisons. (letter of recommendation, opens in new window)
May 2002 The Asociación Nuestros Ahijados program received the National Ethics Award from the Universidad San Carlos, Guatemala's main national university. Specifically, this award was given by the Education Department of the Universidad in recognition of "... the ethics, morality, education, and administration" of the Asociacion Nuestros Ahijados program.
June 2002 The National Speakers Association welcomes the director Patrick Atkinson as a registered, professional speaker.
March 1, 2001 The Government of The Republic of Guatemala. Urban and Rural Development Council Award and Recognition of Achievement "For his enviable, integrated, and selfless efforts on behalf of the poor of Guatemala"
December 24, 2000 Human Rights Award for "creating within Guatemala's prison system changes which have brought a sense of humanity, dignity, and respect to the care of the prisoners, including the separation of violent and non-violent prisoners, and the provision of basic services such as food, blankets, and personal health" La Antigua Guatemala. From the national directors of the National Penitentiary System. (click here to see the photo)
December 24, 2000 From the National Penitentiary System: Diploma Of Recognition and Human Rights Leadership Award "For being a constant force and benefactor who, with a heightened spiritual and social sense promotes, in real-world actions, problem-resolution, and counsel, the improvement of living conditions for the nation's prisoners." July 24, 2000
Outstanding Recognition "For contributing to the beauty, history, culture, and dignity of the people" Presented in a nationally televised program from Central Park, Antigua, Guatemala The Mayor, Municipal Corporation, and People of Antigua, Guatemala La Antigua, Guatemala
June 24, 2000 Diploma of Recognition Award "For works that preserve culture and historical importance
" The National Committee For The Protection of Colonial Antigua La Antigua, Guatemala
May 25, 2000 Educators Recognition National A.I.D.S. Program Government of Holland European Economic Community
May 6, 2000 The Karen A Patterson Award for Community/Organizational Change "For having accomplished significant positive change in an organization and the broader community" Regis University Denver, Colorado, USA
December 12, 1999 Awarded Honors Graduation Master of Nonprofit Management Regis University Denver, Colorado, USA
December 12, 1999 Humanitarian Award "For bettering the lives of the nation's prisoners" National Direction of Prisons and Penitentiaries Guatemala City, Guatemala
October 8, 1999 Outstanding Alumni Award For excellence in Professional and Community leadership Minnesota State University - Moorhead Fargo, ND, USA
July 24, 1999 Benefactor of the Colonial City of La Antigua Guatemala Municipal Corporation of La Antigua Guatemala. An extremely rare and special government resolution last presented 450 years ago, and the first nomination of this type ever allowed to a foreigner. "For timeless devotion in helping to educate and better the lives of the people of colonial Antigua and surrounding villages."
May 5, 1999 Commencement Speaker Regis University Spring Graduation Denver, Colorado, USA
1997-1998 Service To Mankind Award Regional Award Sertoma Club International
March 23, 1999 Distinguished Educator Ministry of Education Antigua, Guatemala
March 19 1998 Distinguished Service Award/Fargo Jaycees "For Serving with outstanding leadership, vision and ability" Fargo, ND, USA
March 7, 1998 Humanitarian Educator Award "For high spiritual and humanitarian character in the education of returning refugees" COAIDES Human Rights Group Boca Costa, Sololá, Guatemala
February 24, 1998 Valor Commendation Award "For risk-taking vital to a compassionate, peaceful and just world" The Giraffe Foundation San Bruno, California, USA
February 21 1998 Letter of Commendation Governor Ed Schafer "For nomination as Outstanding Young North Dakotan" Bismarck, ND, USA
February 21 1998 Outstanding Young North Dakotan "In recognition of your leadership and continuous contribution to the State of North Dakota" Fargo, ND, USA
February 18, 1998 Service to Mankind Award The Sertoma Club Bismarck, ND, USA
July 6, 1997 Humanitarian Development Award "For developing and promoting social development and encouraging the participation of the military in these changes" Military Reserves of Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala
June 18, 1997 Humanitarian Award "For relief of human suffering and misery" Sacatepéquez Regional Men's Prison La Antigua, Guatemala
June 9, 1997 Commendation and Recognition "In the preservation and interpretation of North Dakota history for present and future generations" North Dakota State Historical Society Bismarck, ND, USA
January 1, 1994 Tribune Award The Bismarck Tribune "Presented to people who make a difference in their communities" Bismarck, ND, USA
April 20, 1991 Certificate of Completion Post Graduate Management Series University of Mary Bismarck, ND, USA
July 10, 1989 Honorable Recognition Award The San Miguel Escobar Reconstruction Committee San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala
May 26, 1989 Humanitarian Award "For invaluable efforts in the design and construction of the municipal school" Municipal Corporation and People's Council of Ciudad Vieja Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
May 1, 1989 Preservation of Humanity Award "For extraordinary work in the design and renovation of the town chapel and colonial cemetery, founded November 22, 1527" Brotherhood of The Ascension of Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala
1988-1990 Distinguished Citizen Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
July 15, 1988 From the Municipal Corporation of Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Recognition of Appreciation "For his dedicated efforts in developing the infrastructure of the poor zones of the local community"
October 25, 1987 Advancement of Humanity Recognition "For invaluable contribution in the design and construction of the town children's park" Municipal Corporation of San Lorenzo El Cubo, Guatemala
September 13, 1987 Distinguished Friend and Benefactor Of the Colonial City of Ciudad Vieja Municipal Corporation and People's Council of Ciudad Vieja and San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala
June 21, 1987 Honorable Benefactor of Merit San Juan Del Obispo, Guatemala
March 26, 1987 Honorable Recognition Award "For invaluable assistance in the planning and introduction of electrical energy into this municipality."
Municipality of San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala
September 6, 1986 Appreciation Diploma "For extraordinary work in the leadership, planning and introduction of electrical energy into San Lorenzo El Cubo" Municipality of San Lorenzo El Cubo, Guatemala
July 15, 1986 Humanitarian Honor of Merit Municipal Corporation and Neighborhood Planning Committee of Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala
September 20, 1985 Certificate of Appreciation of Presentation II Latin-American Seminar On Politics and Community Alternatives For Children and Adolescents at High Risk Bogotá, Columbia
August 15, 1985 Founder's Award Nuestra Señora de Fátima Group Home for Girls Antigua, Guatemala