Jocotenango, where your child lives, is in the state of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala and is a suburb of Antigua. It is an urban environment and is inhabited by both Quiché Mayans and Ladinos (those with mixed European ancestry). Most of the children attend school, but financial hardship affects many families and forces most of the children to leave after the sixth grade. Only one out of ten children finish high school. Children in this area face temptations from gangs and drugs.
Hello! My name is Adrian Jose Ignacio Marquez Guillen, and I am writing this small letter to tell you about me. I was born on February 16, 2009, so I am 14 years old. I am in good health, and I am not attending school this year due to our low resources; I only passed my 6th grade. I enjoy playing basketball in my free time. I like the color red, and my favorite animal is the tiger. I love eating hamburgers. I have one brother and one sister. My father is Rafael Adrian Marquez Valdez, and he works as a street vendor for a phone company to support us. My mother is Wendy Elizabeth Guillen Perez, and she works as a waitress in a nearby restaurant to help with the income. My family and I are attending LW Church called Liberty.
We live in our own house, and we share it with an aunt and her family. The house has six rooms, and we use two of them. The house is made of concrete block with a concrete roof and ceramic floor. Thankfully, we have running water and electricity services; my aunt and dad pay these bills. We have two dogs as pets. We are a humble family, and our frequent needs are groceries. I walk for 5 minutes to arrive at the feeding program and enjoy a delicious lunch. I tell you that my paternal aunt, Carmen, helped me to give this information to LW Evangelism team, and I am happy to be part of this Ministry. I hope you find my information interesting.
In Jesus name
Adrian Jose Ignacio Marquez Guillen
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/A-A-C Secretary, Antigua Guatemala