|Birth Date||Jul 21, 2014|
|Age||5 years old|
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.
Hello, my name is Juliana Endy Melecia Calachij Gomez. I was born on July 21, 2014 and I am five years old. I am healthy child. I have one brother and one sister who also attend the feeding program and we walk about an hour to get to the program. My father’s name is Gregorio and he is a farmer. He also travels to the coast to cut sugar cane for six months. My mother’s name is Sebastiana and she works as a farmer. When the corn is dried, she picks it and separates the leaves from the cob. She also washes clothes and makes tortillas for other people. In addition to that, she travels to the coast to work during the coffee harvest when she cannot find work here. We own the house in which we live. It is one room made of wood and nylon tarp walls. The roof is tin sheet metal and the floor is dirt. We sleep and cook in this one room. We have electricity, but we do not have water. We carry our water from a natural water source to our home. We have some chickens that we sell when they are grown to earn money for our expenses. I am in 1st grade. My favorite color is green and my favorite animal is the cat, The foods that I like best are papaya and fried chicken. In my free time, I like to play tag. My family attends a Catholic church.
With much love and many blessings,
Juliana Endy Melecia Calachij Gomez
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary