Merlyn is 10 years old and has a brother who is 7. She is in her 5th year of Elementary School in La Esperanza, Quetzaltenango. There are five people in the household including her uncle and mother. Unfortunately, her father passed away in late 2020 from a work accident. This, plus being unable to see her classmates and teachers made last year exceptionally hard for her and her family. Merlyn’s favorite subject is math and she is also interested in music, especially the lyre. She hopes to become a doctor and be able to heal her mother when she is sick. Her two dogs, Hachi and Yeison, have been invaluable companions during a difficult time. She told us that the best moment of 2020 was when she and her brother played soccer with their father before he died.