Pasojoc is an area located high on the side of a mountain in the state of Quiché, Guatemala. Life in this area is very difficult and very isolated from the outside world. It is more than a two-hour walk to the nearest market town of Zacualpa. Pasojoc is a farming area where corn and black beans, the staple elements in their diet, are the major corps. The Quiché Indians who inhabit this area trace their ancestral roots to the ancient Mayan civilization. They normally speak an Indian dialect called Quiché - however, Spanish is becoming more common. Very little money ever changes hands in this area as they live on a barter system.
Hello, my name is German Yobany Morente Ajquí. I was born on December 27, 2013 and I am five years old. I am in good health and I attend the Pasojoc feeding program. My father’s name is Jacinto and he works as a day laborer for our neighbors taking care of their corn. He also travels to the coast to work from November through February in the coffee fields. My mother’s name is Gregoria and she is a housewife and takes care of my siblings and me. All of my family is in good health. We own the house in which we live. It is adobe with a tin roof and a dirt floor. We have running water, but we do not have electricity. We use candles for lighting. The house has one room with a separate kitchen. My family has some chickens that we raise and sell in order to earn money to help with our household expenses. I have 2 brothers and one sister. My mother is the one who brings me to the feeding program. I do not go to school yet because I am still young, so I spend my time playing with my toy cars. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the cat. The foods that I like to eat the most are fried chicken and bananas. My family attends a catholic church.
With much love and many blessings,
German Yobany Morente Ajqui
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary