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 Ilario Elias Quino Riz. I was born on February 18, 2015. I am a healthy child, and I walk about 30 minutes to get to the feeding program. I have one brother and two sisters. My father’s name is Gabriel and he works as a farmer. My mother’s name is Juana and she is a housewife. She also raises hens and pigs. My older brother is working in the capital and sometimes helps with the expenses. We own the house in which we live. It is adobe with a tile roof and a dirt floor. The house has two rooms and a separate kitchen. We have electricity but we do not have running water. We get our water from a small river with a hose. I am not in school yet, so I spend my time playing with my cars and balls or playing hide-and-seek. My favorite color is green and my favorite animal is the dog. The foods that I like best are fried chicken and carne de res (typical dish made with beef and a sauce). My family attends Prince of Peace Church.
With much love and many blessings,
Ilario Elias Quino Riz
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary