The truth is, left my country out of necessity. That’s why I left. I needed to make sure my children would go to school. Thank God, the three graduated from high school.
They lived in several states on the East Coast, working in construction and landscaping for years. Little by little, he was able to find happiness and success for his family, but there was always the longing for Guatemala. When his children set out to live independently, and after a divorce, Jesús decided to go back.
“There’s nothing like one's homeland. Dollar bills are nice, money is nice, but there’s nothing like being home even if you're poor. I felt like my children were on their way to live on their own. I had done my job as a father, so I decided to return home.”
These days, you’ll find Jesús working in the fields, planting corn and beans again. But the farm alone is not enough to survive, so he got a job as a forest ranger in Cerro Huexque. It means a steady paycheck, but also the chance to preserve the natural legacy of his land for future generations. He takes care of the trees, making sure they grow protected from plagues and wildfires.