Chixocol, where your child lives, 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! I hope you are in good health. My name is Yeferson Carlos Morente Chitic and I attend the Chixocol feeding program. I am four years old and I was born on May 5, 2017. I am a healthy boy. I have one sister. I am not attending school yet because I am still too young. I enjoy playing toy dishes and football. I love to eat chirmol (Guatemalan sauce) with egg. My favorite color is blue and my favorite pet is the cat. My family and I attend Assembly of God Church. My father´s name is Israel Morente de Leon, and he works as a brick layer´s helper. My mother´s name is Micaela Chitic Panjoj. and she is a housewife. She raises hens for selling. We are happy because my mother is expecting a baby. We do not have our own house. We live in my grandparents´ house, and fortunately, we do not have to pay for rent. The house is made of adobe, tin sheet roof and cement floor. We have two rooms with a separate kitchen. We share the home expenses with our grandparents. We have running water and electricity. My mother brings me to the feeding program, but we live far away, so we take a van bus. It takes about twenty-five minutes to arrive. We pay Q5.00 quetzals for bus fare; it is a little less than one dollar.
Yeferson Carlos Morente Chitic
Translated by: Esther Hernández, AAC Secretary/Antigua