Our Voices: José from NPH Dominican Republic
José has been living at Casa Santa Ana, NPH Dominican Republic, for the past eight years. Here he shares his thoughts about the COVID-19 and his hopes for the future.
October 21, 2020 - Dominican Republic
Dear the World!
My name is *José, and I am 16-years-old. I hope you are well! My reason for writing this letter is to tell you how I feel in this quarantine.
Unfortunately, it is not good news. I have not been able to finish my studies, which is very frustrating because I enjoy studying. I am currently in high school and I am eager to advance. I have also had several months without speaking with several friends and family members. I do my best to keep my spirits up, but it is difficult. I hope that this virus goes away and we can see those family members and friends again soon.
I worry about my family who is not here with me at Casa Santa Ana. I do not know if they are complying with the COVID-19 prevention rules or the curfew. I hope that by the time this pandemic ends they can come visit my brother and sister and me here.
During this quarantine we have done various activities, such as cooking workshops, clay, dance, English and Italian courses, sewing, painting and reading. I have also played a lot of basketball, soccer and volleyball and it feels good to share with the other boys who live with me.
I came to the NPH family at 8-years-old, because my mother passed away. Consejo Nacional para la Niñez y la Adolescencia (CONANI) - social services - helped by bringing us to NPH Dominican Republic. I am so happy to be here because I have the support I need through many people who I now consider as my second family.
I also want to thank my sponsors for their support, and for being aware through letters, photos and for the financial support they give us despite this pandemic. For me, having a sponsor is having another family with whom I can count on their support, although they are not close, you can feel the love and kindness from each of them. I have godparents in seven different countries all over the world, of all different ages; however, I love each one of them equally.
I hope they find the cure for COVID-19, so the world can feel that it has overcome this great test. Don't lose hope.
José has an older sister named *Marily who is 19-years-old and currently in 10th grade in high school, and a younger brother, *Joseph, 10-years-old, in 5th grade of elementary school.
*Names changed to protect child’s privacy.
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