Jocotenango, where your child lives, is in the state of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala and is a suburb of Antigua. It is an urban environment and is inhabited by both Quiché Indians and Ladinos (those with mixed European ancestry). Most of the children attend school, but financial hardship affects many families and forces most of the children to leave after the sixth grade. Only two out of ten children finishes high school. Children in this area face temptations from gangs and drugs.
Hello, my name is Sergio Nicolas Buch Salazar. I was born on August 27, 2010 and I am 8 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Jocotenango feeding program. My father’s name is Nicolas Buch Acetun and he works as a van driver in Panajaxel. He actually lives there but comes to our house here in Jocotenango once a week. He calls us every day on the phone. He sometimes gives us money when he comes or sends money for us when we need. My mother’s name is Monica Elizabeth Salazar Zuleta. She has a small used clothing store in our home. We live in a rented house with several rooms, but we only rent one room. We all sleep and cook in this one room. We share a large concrete sink and a bathroom with the other families that rent rooms in the house. We have electricity and water. Our room is cement block and a ceramic tile floor. The roof is built in such a way that an additional floor could be added in the future. We pay Q550.00 for the rent. I have one brother and one sister, and we have to walk about 20 minutes to get to the feeding program. I am in 2nd grade this year. In my free time, I love to play soccer. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animals are fish. The food that I like to eat the most is sausage with noodles. My family attends a catholic church in Jocotenango.
With much love and many blessings,
Sergio Nicolas Buch Salazar
Translated by Edwina Lyons/Living Water Missionary