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 Andrea Johanna Salazar Hernandez. I was born on October 9, 2010 and I am 8 years old. I am a basically healthy little girl. I have two brothers and two sisters. One of my sisters also attends the feeding program and we walk about five minutes to get to the program. My father’s name is Marvin and my mother’s name is Gladis. My father works as a blacksmith and my mother cleans a house to earn money. We own the house in which we live. It is made of cement blocks with a tin roof and a ceramic floor. The house has two rooms but we do not have a kitchen. We cook with firewood in the yard. We have water, drainage and electricity. We have one dog, one cat and four chickens. I am in the 2nd grade. my favorite colors are red and purple and my favorite animal is the dog. The food that I like best is fried chicken. In my free time, I like to color. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor so that I can help people. Currently, my family does not attend church.
With much love and many blessings,
Andrea Johanna Salazar Hernandez
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary