Hola! That is “hello” in Spanish, one of the languages we speak here in Bolivia. My name is Hector. Welcome to my community of Charapaxi! I’d like to tell you about my biggest hero. It’s my dad. His name is Victor. My dad got training from church development workers to help become the best farmer in our community. Today he is the model farmer here! He even shows other families what they can do with their farms, so it can become like ours, with fruit trees and organic crops (plants that do not use chemicals). We even have a tree nursery. We grow all kinds of trees, like apple, passion fruit, and eucalyptus trees. We can then sell these trees and the fruit to others and make money. I may only be 13 years old, but I am pretty strong. I help my dad carry the tree seedlings to the nursery, and help him with other chores, like carrying water and watering our plants. My siblings and I all get to go to school because now our family can pay for school fees and materials. We are so glad that we get to go to school to learn! Before, things were quite different. We did not have clean water in our community, and we had many problems earning enough money from farming our small plot of land. But one day development workers from a church came to my community and taught us how to farm in a safe way that protects the earth, and how to start a tree nursery.
Even though we grow food, it is sometimes not enough, and my family can still be hungry. We are glad we get to eat three meals a day, but sometimes we can only eat a little bit of food each meal because basic food has become more expensive here. But with CBM’s help, my dad wants to make sure no one goes hungry in our community. He is sad to see some people not have money to buy food. That is why our family will do our best to make sure we can help everyone in our community grow food.
We are very happy to be able to share some of the new ways to farm and new crops to grow. That’s the cool thing my family learned after being trained so well – we saw that we do have everything we need and the potential to make some good changes in our lives! I know my dad is proud of my brothers and sisters. I have seven other brothers and sisters, so there are ten people in my family! We all work hard to help our family, but my dad works the hardest. I know he is so happy that God helped our family in many ways to bring us to where we are today. He hopes that our family sets a good example for other families in our community, on how to plant and grow trees, and how to farm well so that we can look after the earth and our neighbours, just like God loves to see us do.