Dueñas, where your child lives, is a small farming village located at the foot of one of Guatemala's active volcanoes, Fuego (Fire). The fertile ground around the village allows for the cultivation of roses and coffee, two of Guatemala's largest exports. Most of the families in this area live in one or two room wooden or adobe houses with tin roofs. Electricity is available to those who can afford it. Running water is available - however, most homes do not have indoor plumbing. Life in Dueñas is quiet.
Hello, my name is Jairo Alexander Bachac Shoc. I was born on February 26, 2015 and I am four years old. I attend the Duenas feeding program. My mother’s name is Sandra Paola Shoc Valle. She is a housewife and is the one who takes care of me. My father’s name is Jairo Ediberto Bachac Alin. He works as a day laborer most of the time on a farm. My grandparents help my parents economically when we need it. We live in a three-room house, but my family lives in only one room. My grandmother and my aunt live in the other two rooms. The house is made of cement block with a tin sheet roof and a cement floor. We have water and electricity. All three families share one kitchen, but usually we do not share in the expenses for the food. Each family takes care of their own meals. Sometimes, my mother will give food to my grandmother and vice versa because my grandmother lives alone. I walk about 15 minutes to get to the feeding program. My family has three rabbits at our home. I still do not go to school because I am too small. I do not have any brothers or sisters. My favorite thing to do is to play with balls. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the dog. The food I love the most is fried chicken. My family currently does not attend a church.
With much love and many blessings,
Jairo Alexander Bachac Shoc
Translated by Edwina Lyons, Living Water Missionary