Personally, I prefer leaves. But fish are a great source of
protein — an important part of a human’s diet. My young
friends in Bolivia sent me these post cards about how they and their
parents are raising fish to improve their lives.
|I know a lot about mackerel because my father fishes for them
every day — and I help. That is our work. He fishes in
a lagoon near my home. Mackerel tastes very good, and it is
good for us. Sometimes my parents sell all the fish that they
catch. They use the money to pay for our school costs because
they want us to study. Still, the money they get is not enough.
We need more for food and other things. That is what we hope
|We eat fish every day because there is no meat in our village.
I like to eat the fish called mackerel, but not every day. We
can’t go to the city, because we do not have any money.
When we do get a little money from catching fish, my parents
use it for our school and our clothing. I hope that fishing
will be better, but I also hope for more to eat than fish!
|I leave very early in the morning to fish with my sister and
father. Sometimes we catch a lot and other times not so much.
Fishing is better now because we have new nets and wooden rafts
thanks to Church World Service. That is a big help. Mackerel
is especially good for children. When my father has caught a
lot of fish, he has money. My parents use the money for school
supplies and clothing for us. When we get a good education,
we have hope for a better life.
Photo credits: INCCA/Bolivia
For these children and their families, being able to fish gives
them esperanza, hope, of a better, healthier life. The tools they
receive - rafts and nets - are tools of hope!
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