I would like first of all to thank you for taking the time to read my update. I tell you that I walk for twenty-five minutes to arrive to the feeding program. I am Benjamin Sabdiel. I am 6 years old and I had my birthday in April. I take classes in my village and I am a kindergarten student. My school is about thirty minutes away from my home. I love coloring but doing handicrafts is a little difficult for me. At the moment, I go to bring and leave my homework at school every so often. I play with my cousins in my free time.
The people who live in the house are my mother, maternal grandparents, aunt, cousins, siblings and me. My mother was working in a typical restaurant but she was suspended due to the pandemic. Now, my grandfather is the only one who is supporting us; he is working as a “cargador” (he carries heavy packages of others from one place to another). We are not attending a 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!
Benjamin Sabdiel Garcia Hernandez
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: Loyda de Osorio/AAC Secretary-Antigua