Hello! My name is Mario Kumbulla. I am an 11 years old boy and my birthday is on May 28th. I am doing well and enjoy good health. My favorite color is black and this is especially the color I like to pick when I buy new clothes or sport outfits. My future dream is to be a Mechanic. I like to help my father when he fixes his van and I enjoy doing it. I attend the sixth grade at school and am doing well with the lessons. I try my best to study well and my favorite subject at school is Math. I take my school in Trebinja and I walk from Pleshisht to Trebinja together with my friends. My father who has a minibus drives us also to school when the weather is too bad. After school I like to get together with my friends so that we can spend a while to play football. Usually we play at the school but we also play in open fields or in the roads. Because of the pandemic, when I attend school I keep my mask on all the time to be protected from the virus. I am happy that we can take the lessons in our classrooms and not online.
My family and I live in Pleshisht, very close to the community of Trebinja, Upper Mokra. This village is too far from Pogradec and during the winter we have difficulties to reach to the town because the roads are way too bad, covered with snow or mud. My father’s name is Thanas and my mother’s name is Eliverta. I have a six years old brother whose name is Frenki. He is also in the programme and at present he is frequenting the first grade at school. My family and I used to live in Greece where I was also born but we returned to Albania. My father had the possibility to buy a minibus and he is working as a driver transporting the people of our village to Pogradec and back. He is working daily and we are happy he has this possibility. My family and I, same as all the other ones in my village deal with agriculture in order to benefit from them. My parents usually plant vegetable as tomatoes, peppers, beans, onions, etc. My parents raise a cow and a horse. We benefit from the cow milk, butter and other sub products from consumption and once a year my father sells its calf for us to gain a bit more of income. My father is using the horse when he collects the products from the fields and brings them to our home. A horse is needed to keep because the fields are far from the homes. Same as all the families who live in the village, we face hardships financially and are happy for the great help offered from the Adopt a Child programme.
About our activities: Living Water Adopt a Child has rented a place in Trebinja where we go to do our children’s Bible classes and where the adults gather for Bible study meetings. Our team goes there on Mondays and in the same time we have both meetings going, for the children as well as for the men and ladies who join our meetings. The children are asked to come once a month to receive the food package belonging to them as a part of physical help. The teens only are allowed to come to our meetings and this is because of the pandemic distancing rules.
Translated by Martin Rucolli
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