Chuchuca, where your child lives, 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. Chuchuca 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.
Now, I will start by telling you some personal information so that you can know me better. My name is Lorenzo de la Cruz Coj and I was born on December 25th, 2012 in Chuchuca. I am a healthy boy and I live together with my parents Juan and Hilda, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. I am a second-grade student, and my favorite color is blue. I like cows and my favorite dish is beef soup. My whole family attends the Charismatic Catholic Church. My father struggles to support us by farming the land and selling all his harvest in the local market in Zacualpa. He usually grows vegetables and corn (for our consumption). On the other side, my mother does the housework and takes care of us. She also helps with the incomes by weaving typical blouses from Zacualpa. Moreover, she raises chickens and turkeys to sell. We also have a dog and a cat at home. Thank God, we live in our own house made of adobe with a tile roof and cement floor. There are two rooms, one kitchen but no bathroom. We also have the main services such as electricity and running water. I usually walk for one hour to attend the feeding program together with my siblings. However, it is now closed due to the pandemic. Well, I say to say goodbye for now, but I hope to tell you more next time.
Lorenzo de la Cruz Coj
Translated by: Mireya Barahona de Sandoval, AAC Secretary / Antigua