Hello! I fondly greet you and I hope you are in good health together with your loved ones. I want to tell you that I live with my parents and they are healthy. My father works as a construction helper in a place called Valles de San Miguel. My mother picks coffee beans on the town’s farms when it is the harvest season. I have two siblings. My sister works as a babysitter. She already graduated as an accountant but there are not many job opportunities here now. My brother tends a liquor store in Antigua Guatemala. Thank God, my whole family is in good health. I am in eighth grade this year. We had some very sad situations last year. First, one of our close relatives passed away, and second, my grandfather was imprisoned. In spite of these hard times, we had a happy Christmas because we shared together with our family and we had “ponche and tamales” (hot fruit punch and typical dish) for the dinner.
The family meets when it is someone’s birthday and we have the custom to eat fried chicken with salad. At the begging of this year, we made a trip to a water park called Agua Park and we shared good times there. I want to continue with my studies and become an important person. On weekends, I like going out with my friends and sharing time with my siblings. My family and I do not attend church because we do not have much time to do it. We always talk when we have problems in order to find a good solution together. I would like to ask you to pray for us because there will be a new member in the family soon. We will receive the baby with much love. I enjoy attending the feeding program because the meals are delicious. I like going out to walk with my aunts and cousins. My favorite color is pink and I love grilled meat. I practice basketball at home because it is a nice sport. I say goodbye to you for now wishing you many blessings.
With much love
Carmen Noemi Ordonez Jerez
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/AAC Secretary