Hello! I thank you very much for being interested in reading my updated information in this letter. My name is Juan Alexander Chingo Ajqui. I am 14 years old. Thank God, my family and I are in good health. This year I am in 3rd grade, and I receive classes at school one or two days per week. I use WhatsApp, so I need to have data in a cell phone. I find it very difficult to do the homework because the time at school is short, and then, it is very hard for me to do the homework. At home, I help with some work. During the time the feeding program was closed due to the pandemic restrictions, I missed the meals. I thank God because the program is open again; I walk 30 minutes to arrive there. My father is still working in the United States; he has communication with us and sends us financial support. Meanwhile, my mother is a housewife.
On weekends my mother buys meat for the lunch, and we have a good time together. At Christmas, we celebrated at home, and my mother prepared “tamales y ponche de frutas” (a typical dish and hot fruit punch). We attend Pentecostal Prince of Peace Church, and it is located 5 minutes from home. During the pandemic, we had services at church, but behind closed doors. We own the house in which we live and share the expenses with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. There are three rooms made of adobe, tin sheets roof, and a dirt floor. The kitchen is separate. We have electricity and running water. However, in summer, the water is scarce, so my mother goes to the river to wash clothes, and we bring water to use at home. The house condition is good for now. At the beginning of the pandemic, we were affected, but thanks to God, while the time has passed, we went ahead and are stable. Moreover, we received food parcels through Living Water while the program was closed; it was a big help to us since it contained essential food products, and we had a little of everything. At home, one of our primary needs is groceries. 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. Take care. Many blessings!
Juan Alexander Chingo Ajqui
Translated by: Violeta Hernandez / A-A-C Secretary-Antigua