I am glad to greet you on this special day. My name is Alicia Susana Benito Larios. This year I turn sixteen years old. I dropped out of school a few years ago after having completed my primary education. So now, I help my mom with the chores at home. Thankfully, the feeding program is open again. I missed having tasty lunch there. For me to get there, it takes forty minutes by walking. My dad does farm work three or four days a week, and in this way, he provides for my family economically. My mom is a housewife, and she raises domestic animals to sell. Sometimes she works cutting green beans. Every afternoon my parents enjoy spending time with us. Sometimes, we go for a walk and enjoy being together. We do not usually celebrate Christmas due to the lack of resources. My family and I attend Christian Church, located an hour from home by walking. In the time the church was closed due to the pandemic, we got sad because we could not attend it, so my family and I prayed at home instead.
The one-room house we live in is ours. It does have a separate kitchen, and it is made of adobe, tin sheet roof and dirt floor. It does have electricity, and we get water from a well. The house condition is good. The pandemic affected my family’s economy, especially due to the increase in the prices of the products of daily consumption. I take this time to thank the feeding program for the grocery bags I received in difficult times my family and I went through. As food supplies are needs for us, it was all a great help. Thank you very much! My family and I are all doing well, for now, thanks to God. Finally, I want to tell you that my mom gave this information to an Evangelism team member to share with you my last news. I say goodbye to you for now. Thank you for reading this. God bless you!
Alicia Susana Benito Larios
Translated by Febe Ruiz / AAC Secretary-Antigua