Dueñas, where your child lives, is a small farming village located at the foot of one of Guatemala's active volcanoes, Fuego (Fire). The fertile ground around the village allows for the cultivation of roses and coffee, two of Guatemala's largest exports. Most of the families in this area live in one or two room wooden or adobe houses with tin roofs. Electricity is available to those who can afford it. Running water is available - however, most homes do not have indoor plumbing. Public education is available for those who can afford it and consider education of value. Life in Dueñas is quiet and sometimes difficult.
My name is Miguel Antonio Toledo Chavez. I was born on April 4, 2015. I am 7 years old. I am in second grade at school. I enjoy playing soccer my free time. I love the color blue. The dog is my favorite animal. I love to eat broth. My family is in good health, and so am I. My father´s name is Miguel Angel Toledo Ramirez. He works hard as a farmer in different places to supply our home needs. My mother´s name is Maria Faustina Chavez Vasquez, and she is a housewife. I have two brothers and one sister. I walk 5 minutes to arrive to the feeding program. It is a great blessing for me to be registered in the program. We do not attend church for now. We live in my paternal grandmother´s house, and we share the house with my grandparents and uncles. There are 6 rooms, but we use only one room to sleep in, and my mother cooks with a stove inside. The house is made entirely of tin sheets with a dirt floor. We have water and electricity, and my parents contribute to pay for the services every month. As a family, our priority need is groceries. Please, pray for my family so that God provides for the necessities at home. I thank you for taking the time to read my personal information.
Miguel Antonio Toledo Chavez
Translated by: Violeta Hernandez / A-A-C Secretary-Antigua