I will start by giving you thanks for taking the time to read my update. I walk for two hour to arrive to the feeding program. I am Mely Roxana but everybody affectionately calls me Melisa. I am 9 years old and I will have my birthday in April. I take classes in my village and I am a third-grade student. My school is about fifteen minutes away from my home. I love Spanish Language but Mathematics is a little difficult for me. Since my classes were suspended for Covid-19, my mother has to go every month to school for worksheets. Besides that she takes my notebooks so my teacher can assign me homework. In my free time, I enjoy playing.
The people who live in the house are my parents, siblings and me. Now, my father´s job consists of growing corn and beans at home. Part of the harvest is for our consumption and a small part is for selling. My mother´s duties are taking care of us and doing the housework. Besides that, my grandfather is working in The United States and he sends us money for our expenses. Thanks to God, they are working normally. We are members of the Evangelical Church and now they hear services by radio. 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!
Mely Roxana Morente Chen
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