It is a privilege for me to greet you through this letter. My name is Santita Idaira Sarat Ruiz, and I am seven years old. Happily, I want to tell you that I am in the first year of primary school. I attend school to receive classes twice or three times per week. However, it has been a little difficult for me to adapt to school, but I am doing my best. I take advantage of the afternoons to play with my older sisters. My mother is a housewife and looks after some of our hens and a cow. My father works hard as a farmer or day laborer to supply our basic necessities like corn. As a family, we have good moments, especially at night when we eat dinner and talk about our day. We attend a Christian Church, and my parents have the privilege to serve there as deacons. Because of our religious beliefs, we do not celebrate Christmas. Our church was closed for several months due to the pandemic, but this is open again. We usually travel 15 minutes by tuk-tuk to be there.
My family and I live with my paternal grandmother and share the expenses with her. Her house is made of adobe walls, tin sheet roof, and dirt and concrete floors. It has three rooms, a separate kitchen, electricity, and running water. We would like to own a house, but due to our low resources, it is not possible for now. Therefore, I would like to ask for your prayers. Even though the virus is affecting our economy because of the high cost of food, we trust God will help us to overcome the difficulties. Fortunately, my whole family and I are doing well, and the feeding program is open again. This is a great blessing for my siblings and me because we love eating delicious lunches and playing with my friends there. We usually walk for 20 minutes from our home to be there. Finally, let me tell you that my mother gave this information to an evangelism team member to share with you my last news. I leave you now, but if you want to know something else about my life, feel free to ask me. See you later!
Many kisses and hugs,
Santita Idaira Sarat Ruiz
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary/Antigua