I know I won't be here long, but I want you to know that a farmworker leaves his life in the fields, his life growing food for others to eat.


Main Participant

Romualdo

Occupation

agricultural worker, ranch

Colorado County & Region

boulder county

Original Language

Español

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Mi nombre es Romualdo y soy un trabajador agrícola originario de Perú. He trabajado en el campo toda mi vida, ahora por cosas de la vida me encuentro solo en un rancho del condado de Boulder, con cáncer. Lamentablemente con mi enfermedad no la estoy pasando nada bien. Los días de quimioterapia son muy difíciles y ni siquiera puedo levantarme.

Hace unos meses una señorita del Programa Protegiendo al Trabajador del Campo me visita y me trae cositas que su programa me manda. Esa señorita me trae compañía, me ayuda a no sentirme solo. También me busca recursos, recursos que ya no puedo agarrar porque estoy desahuciado. Antes, yo quería regresarme a mi Perú para no morir solo, ahora tengo compañía y alguien que se preocupa por mí. Le he pedido a la señorita del programa que me traiga unas cobijitas para el frio o un pequeño calentón, ella muy amable mente me dice que las está buscado.

Solo quiero decir que nunca había sentido este apoyo, no había sentido que allá afuera hubiera gente preocupándose por un trabajador agrícola. Agradezco a esta señorita que en momentos tan difíciles ella ha podido inclusive pagarme la estufa que por mi enfermedad no me deja levantarme y hacerlo. Ha sido un ángel que me protege y me acompaña. Se que no estaré mucho tiempo, pero quiero que sepan que un trabajador agrícola deja su vida en los campos, su vida cosechando alimentos para que los demás coman.

 

Translation Language (if available)

Inglés

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My name is Romualdo and I am a farm worker originally from Peru. I have worked in the fields all my life, now, as life would have it, I find myself alone on a ranch in Boulder County, with cancer. Unfortunately, I am not having a good time at all with my illness. The chemotherapy days are very difficult and I can't even get up.

A few months ago a lady from Project Protect Food Systems visited me and brought me little things that her program sends me. She brings me company, helps me not to feel alone. She also looks for resources for me, resources that I can no longer get because I am hopeless. Before, I wanted to go back to Peru so I wouldn't die alone, now I have company and someone who cares about me. I have asked the lady from the program to bring me some blankets for the cold or a little warmth, she very kindly tells me that she is looking for them.

I just want to say that I had never felt this support, I had never felt that there were people out there who cared about a farm worker. I thank this lady that in such difficult moments she has even been able to pay for my stove because my illness does not allow me to get up and do it. She has been an angel that protects me and accompanies me. I know I will not be here for long, but I want you to know that a farm worker leaves his life in the fields, his life harvesting food for others to eat.

Title

I know I won't be here long, but I want you to know that a farmworker leaves his life in the fields, his life growing food for others to eat.

Description

An agricultural worker with cancer thanks Project Protect Promotores for the help they gave him.

Creator

Kelley Perez, Ere Juarez

Date

December 17 2021

Contributor

Kassandra Neiss

Coverage

Citation

Kelley Perez, Ere Juarez, I know I won't be here long, but I want you to know that a farmworker leaves his life in the fields, his life growing food for others to eat. December 17 2021. Esencial Colorado, accessed February 1, 2023, https://esencialcolorado.org/items/show/101