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 Dilan Daniel Chavec Chiquito and let me tell you a little about my life. I was born on August 8th, 2013 in Antigua Guatemala. I am a second-grader and enjoy my free time playing with my toys. My favorite color is black, and my favorite animals are lions. I like eating different kinds of food, but what I love eating the most is pizza. I live with my parents and only have one sister. My father is Ruben David Chavec Fajardo. He strives to cover our expenses by working as a mason’s helper in our town. My mother also works hard at home and takes care of my sister and me; her name is Odilia Maribel Chiquito Burrion. Thankfully, my whole family and I are healthy. We do not attend church yet. My family and I live with my grandparents in a borrowed house. It is made of concrete block walls, tin sheet roof, and cement floors. It has one room, a separate kitchen, electricity, and running water. Our current necessity is having a sink at home because when my mother needs to wash our clothes, one of our neighbors lends us their sink. My family and I have had to face difficult times economically, but the feeding program has been a great blessing for my family and me. I usually walk 45 minutes from my home to enjoy delicious lunches there. Well, this is all for now, but I would like to know you and your loved ones through a picture or letter if it is possible for you. See you later!
In Jesus’ name,
Dilan Daniel Chavec Chiquito
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary/Antigua