by Mariah Quinn-Duffy, long-term volunteer
Fernando, a kindergartener, lives with his parents and younger brother Edwin in San Pedro las Huertas. He especially enjoys coloring and playing with his new friends at recess. After school, Fernando likes to play soccer with his brother and cousins that live nearby.
Fernando’s mother, Doña Amabilia, is thrilled that her son shows such enthusiasm for school and his homework. Amabilia’s dream for Fernando is that he will continue to enjoy and excel in school so that he may one day graduate from high school.
New home soon
Later this month, Fernando’s family will receive a Common Hope house. Amabilia has been working sweat-equity hours since last year to earn the house, mostly tending the gardens at Common Hope’s Antigua site. The family’s new home will have two rooms with a concrete floor. Fernando and his brother are already looking forward to their own room and especially the concrete floor. Toy cars can go much faster over concrete than the dirt where they currently play!
Reading books together as a family
Fernando and his mother participate in our Early Exposure to Reading program. Each week, they receive a visit from Jacqueline, Common Hope’s Literacy and Creativity Promoter. Jacqueline practices strategies with Amabilia that she can use when reading books with her children and then leaves behind a different bag of books after each visit. Amabilia says she is proud of how her family has shifted from spending most evenings watching TV to instead reading books together as a family. The boys like to ask a lot of questions of their parents as they read. Fernando’s favorite books are about dinosaurs.
A sponsor makes these kinds of changes possible for Fernando and his family. Without a sponsor, Common Hope has to find other funds to fill the gap. If you can help Fernando attend school this year and beyond, please contact Jessie Szopinski via email, call (651) 917-0917, or sponsor him online.