Jocotenango, where I live, is in the state of Sacatepequez, Guatemala, and is a suburb of Antigua. It is an urban environment inhabited by both Quiche Mayans and Ladinos (those with mixed European ancestry). Most of the children attend school, but financial hardship affects many families and forces most of the children to leave after the sixth grade. Only one out of ten children finish high school. Children in this area face temptations from gangs and drugs.
My name is Misael Obdulio Agustin Miculax, and I want to tell you a little bit about my life. I was born on January 19th, 2016 in Antigua Guatemala. I am in kindergarten and love playing with toy cars in my free time. My favorite color is red, my favorite animals are horses, and my favorite dish is hamburgers. I live with my parents and only have one brother. My father’s name is Rigoberto Obdulio Agustin Hernandez; he works by manufacturing concrete blocks to cover our family essentials and household expenses. My mother’s name is Marta Lidia Miculax Mazate, and she keeps busy doing the chores and taking care of my brother and me. As a family, we are members of a Christian Church called Jerusalem. We live in our own house with five uncles and their families. It is made of concrete block walls, tin sheet roof, and cement floors. It has five rooms, a separate kitchen, electricity, and running water. Fortunately, all of us are healthy, but our current necessities are groceries and prayers. We have faced economic trouble lately, so I would like to count on your prayers so that God helps us to go ahead. The feeding program is a 20-minute walk from where I live. I feel blessed to attend it. Finally, I say goodbye to you, but I hope to hear from you the next time.
Sending you the warmest hugs,
Misael Obdulio Agustin Miculax
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary/Antigua