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 Brenda Fabiola Buch Salazar. I was born on January 19, 2012 and I am 7 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Jocotenango feeding program. My father’s name is Nicolas Buch Acetun. 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 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 two brothers, and we have to walk about 20 minutes to get to the feeding program. I am in 1st grade this year. In my free time, I love to draw. My favorite color is yellow, and my favorite animal is the cat. The food that I like to eat the most is fried chicken with sweet sauce. My family attends a catholic church in Jocotenango.
With much love and many blessings,
Brenda Fabiola Buch Salazar
Translated by Edwina Lyons/Living Water Missionary