Hello! Let me introduce myself; my name is Brandon Leonel Mencho Solares, and I am 7 years old. I am in first grade this year, and I receive study guides to work at home. My parents print the guides for me, and they deliver my homework every week at school. For now, I need to have internet in a cellphone to communicate with my teacher by WhatsApp. I like to study, and I would like to go to school and share with other children. I live 30 minutes away from the feeding program. My mother works in a clothes factory to contribute to the income. My father works as a tailor and does his best to supply the family needs. By the grace of God, my family and I are in good health.
We do not go out anywhere for now to avoid catching the virus. We celebrate Christmas by putting up ornaments at home, and we eat “tamales y ponche de frutas” (a typical dish, and hot fruit punch). At the moment, we are not attending church. We rent the house in which we live. There are two rooms, and the kitchen is separate. The house is made of blocks, a tin sheet roof and a granite floor. We have water and electricity services. Fortunately, the house condition is good. The pandemic affected my family because my parents lost their jobs, and they got worried about our food and the rent payment. My family and I are very grateful to Living Water because they have been blessing us with food parcels while the program is closed. It has been a great support for us; God bless you. Our greatest needs are groceries and resources to pay for school and rent. In closing, I want to tell you that a member from LW visited us at our home, so my father gave this updated information personally. I leave you for now, and I hope to receive news from you soon. Every blessing for you!
Kisses and much love,
Brandon Leonel Mencho Solares
Translated by: Violeta Hernandez / A-A-C Secretary-Antigua