Chixocol is a very small village nestled in a mountain valley in the state of Quiché, Guatemala. Life in this state is very difficult and somewhat isolated from the outside world. Most families live in one-room adobe houses with dirt floors and a small attached kitchen. The extremely poor live in houses made of corn stalks. In the past few years electricity and water has become available to most people in the area - however, indoor plumbing is very rare. Most of the families are farmers or shepherds and live off the fruits of their labors. Public education is available for those who can afford it and consider it of value. Life in Quiché is always a challenge.
Hello, my name is Tobit Jordany Riz Chingo. I was born on October 27, 2014. I am a healthy child, and I walk about one hour to get to the feeding program. I have two brothers. My father’s name is Roberto and he is a teacher. My mother’s name is Elvira and she takes care of our home. We own the house in which we live. It is made of adobe with a tin roof and dirt floor. The house has two rooms and a kitchen. We have water and electricity. I am not in school yet, so I spend my time playing ball. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the rabbit. The foods that I like best are apples and fried chicken. My family attends a Methodist church.
With much love and many blessings,
Tobit Jordany Riz Chingo
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/ AAC Missionary