life in mexico Juan David is 8-years-old and has had a difficult life.

His father abandoned him and his mother, so they live with his grandparents.

His mother, grandmother and younger aunt work making tlacoyos (a diamond shape thick corn tortilla, stuffed with beans or cheese) to sell on the streets of Mexico City.

His grandfather works in the field to grow the corn they use to sell their products.

Juan David likes to play soccer and helps his mom at home by carrying wood or taking care of their sheep.

When he was asked what he would like to become as an adult, he said he would like to become a car mechanic.

We gave Juan David a camera and asked him to take pictures of everything that caught his attention.

This is what life in Mexico looks like to Juan David.

life in mexico

Here is a view of my town. I like to play soccer on the fields.

life in mexico

My mother is all my life because she helps me with everything and she takes care of me. I love her very much. She never gets tired, even when she works hard.

life in mexico

We have several pear trees and animals at our home. This is where we make tortillas.

life in mexico

This is where my mother and I sleep. I keep my toys in a cardboard box. And hanging in the corner is the back pack that I use for school.

life in mexico

I took this picture of where we place all the cups and clay mugs we use to drink a hot rice drink or coffee.

life in mexico

My cousins and I like to play with my favorite car. Inside the car is a green ball. The ball was a gift from a cousin.

life in mexico

This is my grandmother smiling. I call her mama Juana. She does not know how to read. Mama Juana is part of my family and when we are not together we feel separated. I like it when my family is together.


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  1. Jewel
    Dec 6, 2012
    at 6:49 am

    I can see in the people’s faces there is joy in their heart which shows me it’s not what you have it’s who you have that matters, God bless this family!

    • Jacquie Parella
      Dec 6, 2012
      at 6:59 am

      That is so true jewel. What struck me was Juan David’s comments about his mom and grandmother. Love and family are so important to them!

    • Tondja Woods
      Dec 6, 2012
      at 8:08 am

      Winston Salem and Mooresville, NC

      The joy in the photo jumps off the page. I love the posts but the photos are the best.

  2. Dec 6, 2012
    at 7:17 am

    I love his grandmother’s smile ~ so radiant and beautiful! Those tortillas look delicious…

    • Tondja Woods
      Dec 6, 2012
      at 8:07 am

      Mooresville and Winston Salem NC

      Love the photos too.

  3. Gail Law
    Dec 6, 2012
    at 10:53 am

    I loved this! I would love to see more of these. Such a vivid picture of a child’s world.

  4. G. Phillips
    Dec 6, 2012
    at 9:06 pm

    I love “eyes of a child” post from just one child – with the bio it gives you more of a feel for his life and his perspective. What a sweet little guy!

  5. Janalee Sexton
    Dec 7, 2012
    at 5:28 pm

    Really enjoyed these pictures…Reminds me of our church’s mission trip to Tiajuana in HS…

  6. Dec 8, 2012
    at 1:44 am

    i’m frm GH i thank u for ur big support for african’s GOD will bless u

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