Zacualpa is a small but busy village in a mountain valley. The village is inhabited by both Quiché Indians and Ladinos (those with mixed European ancestry). The prevalent language is Spanish. Families in this village live in one or two room homes generally constructed of either wood or adobe. Although many of the people are farmers, the village contains several small specialized stores, a body repair shop for buses, mechanics, plumbers and many other small-town tradesmen. It also has a large open-air market which serves much of the area.
Hello, my name is Diego Maxy Lares Coj. I was born on June 9, 2014. I am a healthy child, and I walk about 1 hour to get to the feeding program. I have only one sister. My father’s name is Pedro and he works as a farmer. He grows beans and corn for our own consumption My mother’s name is Paula and she is a housewife and she also sells refreshments at school. We live in the house with my grandparents, and we share the expenses. The house is made of adobe with a tile roof and a dirt floor. It has three rooms and a kitchen. In total, 13 people live in the house. We have hens, pigs, dogs and cats. We sell the hens and pigs when they are grown to have money for our expenses. I am not in school yet, so I spend my time playing with my toy cars and motorcycles. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the bird. The foods that I like best are mangoes and eggs. My family attends Prince of Peace Church.
With much love and many blessings,
Diego Maxy Lares Coj
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary