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. Public education is available for those who can afford it and consider education of value. Life in Dueñas is quiet and sometimes difficult.
My name is Daniyanci Mery Roose Juarez Gutierrez. I was born on February 8, 2016. I am 6 years old. I attend kindergarten this year. I like to play with my brother. I love the color pink. My favorite animal is the monkey. I love to eat pizza. Thank God, we are in good health at home. My father´s name is Fabricio Arcadio Juarez Hernandez. He works as a bricklayer in Quiche and other places to cover our family needs. Sometimes, he goes to work far away and cannot visit us but tries to come home every 15 days. My mother´s name is Rosmery Jaquelin Gutierrez. She tries to contribute to the income by selling milk on the street in our village besides to do the household work. I have one brother. We live on our own property; there are three rooms, but we use two, and the kitchen is separate. One of my uncles lives in the house too. The house is made of blocks, tin sheet roof and a cement floor. We have water and electricity. My father and uncle pay for the services every month. I walk 5 minutes to get to the feeding program. It is a great blessing for me to be registered in the program. We are attending Catholic Church. As a family, our main needs are groceries. Please, pray for my family, especially for my father to have a job to supply our needs. I thank you for taking the time to read my personal information.
Hugs and much love,
Daniyanci Mery Roose Juarez Gutierrez
Translated by: Violeta Hernandez / A-A-C Secretary-Antigua