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 Wilson Francisco Carrillo Cano. I was born April 30, 2008 and I am 11 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Jocotenango feeding program. My father’s name is Dany Osbely Carillo Perez. Unfortunately, he and my mother are separated. He established a new relationship with another woman, we do not have much communication with him but he sends money for my expenses. My mother’s name is Elisa Cano Guzman and she works as a maid. We live with my stepfather and he works as a courier. Together, my mother and stepfather cover our household expenses. We live in a 2-room rented house made of cement blocks with a tin roof. One room has a cement floor and the other has a ceramic tile floor. We have electricity and water. I walk about 15 minutes to get to the feeding program. I have one stepsister. I am in the 5th grade this year. I love to study and to play soccer. My favorite color is red, and my favorite animal is the panther. The food that I like the most is pizza. My family has been attending a Christian church for about 3 months.
With much love and many blessings,
Wilson Francisco Carrillo Cano
Translated by Edwina Lyons/Living Water Missionary