My name is Celso Garcia Riz, and it is a privilege to tell you about my life through this letter. I am 13 years old and this year, I am a fifth-grade student. I receive face-to-face classes and hand in homework on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, it is difficult for me to remember the lessons that I learned at school. I take advantage of weekends to help my father to carry firewood to our home. Let me tell you that he makes a living as a farmer and mason. Besides that, he knows a little bit about how to work as a carpenter to support the necessities of our family. My mother also works hard doing the chores and raising some hens to help with the expenses. We spend time together daily, but sometimes we eat a delicious snack in the afternoons. The season that we enjoy the most is Christmas. Last year, we prepared delicious “tamales” (this is a typical dish made of dough, tomato sauce, spices, and meat wrapped in large banana leaves) to share as a family. Nowadays, we are members of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, the pandemic forced our church to close its doors for some months, and that made us feel sad. Fortunately, our church is open again, and we usually walk for an hour to be there.
My family and I live in our own house. This is made of adobe, tile roof, and dirt floor. Our home has two rooms, a separate kitchen, and electricity. There is no running water at home. Fortunately, our grandfather gives us the service because he lives close to our house. Unfortunately, Covid-19 continues to affect our economy because there is not much work for my father. Due to that, our principal necessity is corn. Almost my whole family is in good health, but I am suffering from an infection in my eyes. Fortunately, my parents took me to the doctor, and now, I am under medical treatment. Naturally, the feeding program was closed for a long time to keep everybody safe from the virus. Despite that, the staff continued working and gave us food parcels when we needed them the most. Fortunately, this is open again, and I usually walk 30 minutes to get there. Finally, I want to tell you that my father gave this information to an evangelism team member to share with you my last news. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my letter. I hope to hear from your family and you the next time. Take care of yourself!
Sending you huge hugs,
Celso Garcia Riz
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary/Antigua