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 Oscar Santiago Gomez Morente. I was born on March 7, 2014. I am a healthy child, and I live very close to the feeding program. I have six brothers and one sister. My father’s name is Nicolas and he works as a farmer and a day laborer. He also digs sand from the river to sell. My mother’s name is Claudia and she takes care or our home and our domestic animals. We own the house in which we live. It is made of adobe with a tin roof and a cement floor. It has two rooms. We have water and electricity. I am not in school yet, so I spend my time playing with my toy cars, balls and other toys. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the kitten. The foods that I like best are apples and black beans with eggs. Currently, my family does not attend church.
With much love and many blessings,
Oscar Santiago Gomez Morente
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/ AAC Missionary