Dueñas, where your child lives, is a small farming village located at the foot of one of Guatemala's active volcanoes, Fuego (Fire). The fertile ground around the village allows for the cultivation of roses and coffee, two of Guatemala's largest exports. Most of the families in this area live in one or two room wooden or adobe houses with tin roofs. Electricity is available to those who can afford it. Running water is available - however, most homes do not have indoor plumbing. Life in Dueñas is quiet.
Hello, my name is Anderson Alexis Poron Fuentes. I was born on November 18, 2013 and I am five years old. I am in good health. I attend the Duenas feeding program. My mother’s name is Elsa Yomara Fuentes Garcia. My father’s name is Edgar Rolando Poron Cuxil, and he is the one who provides for our family. He works as a truck driver on a coffee farm called San Sebastian. My family lives on this same farm, and they provide us with a room in which to live. Four of us live in one room all together. However, four of my other siblings live in a separate room. The room where we live is made of wood with a tin sheet roof and cement floor. We do not have our own electricity and water. We carry water from a public place to our room. We get electricity from one of our neighbors, and we pay him Q300.00 = $40.00 each month for this. We share bathroom facilities with my siblings who live in the other room. I walk 10 minutes to get to the program. I have 8 siblings in all, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Currently, I do not go to school because I am still too small, but possibly, I will get to go next year. I am a very active little boy. I love to play with balls and toy cars. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the lizard. The food I like to eat the most is estofado (a traditional Guatemalan dish). My family attends a catholic church.
With much love and many blessings,
Anderson Alexis Poron Fuentes
Translated by Edwina Lyons, Living Water Missionary