Hello! I will start by giving you thanks for taking the time to read my update. I walk for one hour to arrive to the feeding program. I am Cesar but everybody affectionately calls me Checha. I am 10 years old and my birthday was in September. I take classes in my village and I am a third-grade student. My school is about three minutes away from my home. I love Mathematics but Calligraphy is a little difficult for me. The teacher visits us once per week and assigns us homework to do at home due to the pandemic. In my free time, I go out to collect firewood to prepare our food.
The people who live in the house are my mother, uncles, cousins, siblings and me. Unfortunately, my biological father abandoned us many years ago. My mother works as a day laborer and raises domestic animals. Thank God, she does her best effort to cover the home expenses. We are members of the Catholic Church. I am grateful to God because we all are in good health. In spite of the hard health situation that we are currently facing in our country, our Lord has been taking care of us. We trust in our Lord's mercy and that He will put His healing hands over all people who are suffering during this pandemic. I would like to receive a letter from you and have the opportunity to share our life experiences with each other.
Thinking of you!
Cesar Ordonez Mechen
AAC NOTE: After the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in our country (March 13, 2020), our President ordered the closure of all the schools in order to prevent children becoming affected by this virus. We do not know when the schools will open again. However, most of the schools are assigning homework to their students to cover the content for the current school year. As a team, we are praying that God takes control of this situation soon so that we may continue on with our lives.
Translated by: Esther Hernández, AAC Secretary/Antigua