Ms. Clara has a gentle voice and kind spirit. She is a mom of six, with one on the way. She has four girls, Sanare, Ivoina, Cordelia, and Maryln, and two boys, David and Jenarno. Her husband’s name is Santiago.
She smiled as she carried her younger son, Jenarno, while two of her other children, Marlyn and David, ran around her energetically playing. Maryln’s eyes were filled with curiosity as she shyly said she loved playing with her toys. David, in a soft-spoken voice, revealed he loved playing with trucks, and although he wasn’t sure what he wants to do when he’s older, he knows his favorite thing to do in school is math.
Ms. Clara and her beautiful family live in Conejo Creek in Belize.
Conejo Creek is difficult to get to. It’s located in the Toledo District of southern Belize, just a few miles from the border of Guatemala. One must take a long, bumpy dirt road to get to this Kekchi Maya village, with jungles spilling down both sides of the road. There are no nearby shops, medical facilities, or employment opportunities.
Santiago does odd jobs around the area. He will often spend a half-day working somewhere and then make the journey back home. Since Ms. Clara has mostly daughters, she says only her two sons will be able to help their father work.