It is a happiness for me to greet and tell you about myself through this letter. My name is Kimberly Us Hernandez, and some months ago, I turned 12 years old. This year, I am in 5th grade so, I receive live classes and hand in some tasks three times per week. Moreover, my parents top up the phone with internet plans to send some of my assignments via WhatsApp. Fortunately, this study method has improved because the previous years, it was difficult for me to study since I did not learn enough. In my free time, I take advantage of the time to do the chores, and after that, I play with my sisters. My father works as a day laborer for about four or five days per week; with what he earns, he supports our necessities. On the other hand, my mother raises hens, and sometimes she washes other people’s clothes to get extra money and help my father with the expenses. My family and I live in our own house, which is made of adobe, tin sheet roof, and dirt floor. Our home has three rooms, a separate kitchen, running water and electricity.
I love spending time with my family because it is amazing; we usually go to the river to swim and eat delicious lunches there on weekends. Christmas is the most awaited season of the year, and despite the pandemic, we have been able to celebrate it. Most of the time, we prepare tasty “tamales” (this is a typical dish made of dough, tomato sauce, spices, and meat wrapped in large banana leaves) and hot fruit punch. My family and I do not attend a church, but we trust in Jesus Christ. Covid-19 has affected our economy because money is not enough to buy our basic food. Our current necessities are school supplies and clothes. Nevertheless, God has shown us his love and mercy because we have gone ahead, and all of us are healthy. The feeding program closed due to the pandemic, but they did not stop working. The Adopt a Child staff gave us food parcels, which helped us in the most difficult moments. I take advantage of this moment to thank you for all the love that you have sent us through Living Water. Fortunately, the feeding program is opening again; this is a 25-minute walk from my home. This is all for now, but before saying goodbye, I want to let you know that my father gave this information to an evangelism team member to share with you my last news. Besides that, the teacher encouraged my father to look for a church to praise our Lord; I hope to do it someday. May God bless you for being a good-hearted person!
In Jesus’ name,
Kimberly Us Hernandez
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary/Antigua