I feel so happy to greet you through this letter. I am Micaela Hernandez Barrera, and I want to share with you a little about me. I am eighteen years old, and this year, I am in the fifth grade. I am attending school every day. It has been a little difficult for me to understand when the teachers explain the topics, but I am doing my best effort to learn. On weekends, I am working in a small restaurant and contribute with some money to cover the home expenses. In my free time, I help my mom with the chores at home. I enjoy the delicious lunches that I receive from the feeding program, and I walk about twenty-five minutes to attend the program. When the program closed, I missed attending it and the food, but fortunately, the program is open again. My father is working as a famer and as a day laborer. My mother is a housewife, and she raises some hens for selling when she has a need.
We share good times as a family when we take a homemade snack. For Christmas, we prepare ¨tamales and ponche¨ (typical dish and hot fruit drink). We attend Catholic Church, and it is located about twenty-five minutes from home. We felt sad when our church closed at the beginning of the pandemic. We live in our own house, and it is made of adobe, tin sheet roof and dirt floor. We share the house with my older sister, her husband and her children. We have two rooms and a kitchen. There is running water and electricity. Our necessities are groceries and corn. Thank God, we are healthy. We received groceries parcels from the feeding program which were a great blessing for us. I want you to know that my mother helped me to give this information. I hope to have news from you soon. May God bless you!
In Jesus name,
Micaela Hernandez Barrera
Translated by: Esther Hernández, AAC Secretary/Antigua