I will start by giving you thanks for taking the time to read my update. I walk for ten minutes to arrive to the feeding program. I am Shirly Edelain but everybody affectionately calls me Gordita. I am 12 years old and my birthday was in April. I take classes in my village and I am a sixth-grade student. My school is about twenty-five minutes away from my home. I love Social Science but Mathematics is a little difficult for me. Since the Covid-19 affected our country, my teachers have been sending me homework by WhatsApp to turn in when classes start again. In my free time, I enjoy playing dolls and watching television.
The people who live in the house are my parents, siblings and me. My father is working as normal and he is improving the incomes by selling face masks. My mother helps my father and also takes care of us and does the housework. We are members of the Evangelical Church. 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.
Thinking of you!
Shirly Edelain Tinti Vasquez
AAC 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: Mireya de Sandoval, AAC Secretary/Antigua