Hello! Let me begin by thanking you for taking the time to read my update. I want to tell you that I walk for twenty minutes to arrive to the feeding program. I am Jessica. I am 7 years old and I will have my birthday in August. I take classes in my village and I am a first-grade student. My school is about fifteen minutes away from my home. I love Expression Arts but Mathematics is a little difficult for me. Currently I am doing homework with the help of a study guide that my teacher provides me. My other siblings who are attending school are doing homework also. We help my mother prepare the thread for weaving.
The people who live in the house are my parents, siblings and me. My father´s job consists of farming the land and working as a day laborer. Fortunately the pandemic is not affecting his job and he continues working as normal. My brother Sebastian helps my father with some work at home. My mother´s duties are doing the housework and weaving typical clothes for selling along with my sisters Julia, Gregoria and Sandra. The sales are not the same due to the pandemic but thanks to God, it is enough to cover our family needs. My sisters are not attending school. My family and I are members of Catholic Church, but since it is closed we are praying at home. I am grateful to God because we all are in good health. In spite of the hard health situation that we are currently facing in our country, our Lord has been taking care of us. We trust in our Lord's mercy and that He will put His healing hands over all people who are suffering during this pandemic. I would like to receive a letter from you and have the opportunity to share our life experiences with each other.
God bless you!
Jessica Gonzalez Simaj
A-A-C NOTE: After the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in our country (March 13, 2020), our President ordered the closure of all the schools in order to prevent children becoming affected by this virus. We do not know when the schools will open again. However, most of the schools are assigning homework to their students to cover the content for the current school year. As a team, we are praying that God takes control of this situation soon so that we may continue on with our lives.
Translated by: Violeta Hernandez / A-A-C Secretary /Antigua