It is a privilege for me to greet you through this letter. My name is Dayana Ahime Garcia Lucas. I am 12 years old but, I am going to have my birthday in July. This year, I am in sixth grade, and currently, I work with school guides that my mother receives and delivers at school every fifteen days. Besides that, my parents top up the phone with the internet plans so that I can receive the teacher’s instructions via WhatsApp. Unfortunately, I have not learned enough as I used to do before the pandemic. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and looking after my cat. I want to tell you that I live with my parents and siblings who I love so much. My father works in the city as a cooker to cover the necessities of our family. Every two months he comes to visit us, and we take advantage of this to spend time together by going for walks and eating something special. On the other hand, my mother makes a living as a babysitter here in our town to help with the income. We live in our own house which is made of plywood, a tin sheet roof, and a concrete floor. Our home has one room, a separate kitchen, electricity, and running water.
As you know, the pandemic came to change a lot of things in our world. In my family’s case, this affected our economy because my father’s salary was lower, and my mother had to look for different jobs to help him. Despite the problems, we have been healthy, and we are better financially. However, we have not celebrated Christmas as we used to do before the pandemic due to our low resources. My family and I are members of the Catholic Church which is located in the Plazuela of our town; this is twenty minutes from my home. When our church closed for some time, we felt a little bit worried, but thankfully, this is open again and works with the biosecurity measures. I also want to tell you that I could not attend the feeding program for a long time and that made me miss hanging out with my friends and eating the tasty lunches along with them. Thankfully, the Living Water staff did not stop working and gave us grocery bags that were a great blessing for us. Nowadays, the program is opening again; this is a ten-minute walk from where I live. Finally, I want to tell you that my mother gave this information to an evangelism team member to share with you my last news. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my letter. I hope to hear from you soon.
With much love,
Dayana Ahime Garcia Lucas
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary/Antigua