Hello! Thank you for reading my personal information. I am Ana Maria, and I am 17 years old. I dropped out of school many years ago because I did not like it. Since then, I help with the chores at home. For example: I make tortillas and watch over my siblings. During the time the feeding program was closed, I missed the food; thank God, the program is open again. I walk about 25 minutes to arrive to the feeding program. My father works by farming the land and as a day laborer. In addition, he goes to pick coffee beans on the coast from October to February. My mother is a housewife, and she also goes to work on the coast alongside my father. Thank God, we are in good health.
At home, we take time to talk and share some snack; I love my family. We celebrate Christmas eating “tamales” (typical dish) and burning firecrackers. My family and I attend Catholic church, and we walk 15 minutes to get there. During the pandemic, we had services, but behind closed doors. Fortunately, we own the house in which we live. We have 2 rooms and a separate kitchen; those are made of adobe, tin sheets roof with dirt floor. We do not have water or electricity. We get water from my maternal grandmother´s house, and we use candles at night. Unfortunately, the house is old; the roof has leaked, and the beams have moths in them. Unfortunately, this pandemic has affected us in the economic area because it is very hard to find a job, and now, most of the products increased in cost. So, my parents borrow some money when we do not have any work, and then, they pay little by little. We are grateful to Living Water because they delivered food parcels which helped us when we needed them most. Our greatest needs at home are clothes and food. In closing, I want to let you know that the LW team called us and asked for this updated information, so my mother provided it to them over the phone. Keep safe. I hope to receive news from you soon. Many blessings!
Ana Maria De Leon Tzoy
Translated by: Violeta Hernandez / A-A-C Secretary-Antigua