I will start by giving you thanks for taking the time to read my update. I walk for two hours and twenty minutes to arrive to the feeding program. I am Maria Glendy but everybody affectionately calls me Glendy. I am 10 years old and my birthday was in June. I take classes in my village and I am a third-grade student. My school is about six minutes away from my home. I love Artistic Expression but Mathematics is a little difficult for me. Since my classes were suspended for Covid-19, I have to attend a one-hour class and receive homework every Tuesdays at school. At home, I usually help my mother with the housework. In my free time, I enjoy playing dolls and toy dishes with my sisters.
The people who live in the house are my parents, siblings and me. My father´s job consists of farming the land and also being a day laborer for two or three days a week because of the pandemic situation. My mother´s duties are taking care of us and doing the housework. She helps with the incomes by raising domestic chickens for selling and she also gathers firewood for our neighbors in order to earn some extra money. We are members of the Catholic Church. I am grateful to God because we all are in good health. In spite of the hard health situation that we are currently facing in our country, our Lord has been taking care of us. We trust in our Lord's mercy and that He will put His healing hands over all people who are suffering during this pandemic. I would like to receive a letter from you and have the opportunity to share our life experiences with each other.
Thinking of you!
Maria Glendy Calachij Coj
AAC NOTE: After the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in our country (March 13, 2020), our President ordered the closure of all the schools in order to prevent children becoming affected by this virus. We do not know when the schools will open again. However, most of the schools are assigning homework to their students to cover the content for the current school year. As a team, we are praying that God takes control of this situation soon so that we may continue on with our lives.
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval, AAC Secretary/Antigua