|Birth Date||Aug 03, 2009|
|Age||10 years old|
Pasojoc III, where your child lives, is located in an extremely remote area of the mountains in Quiche, Guatemala. Life in this area is very difficult and very isolated from the outside world. It is a 3-hour walk to the nearest market town. The people who inhabit the area are Quiche Indians who can trace their ancestral roots to the ancient Mayan civilization. They normally speak an Indian dialect called Quiche, however, Spanish is becoming more common. The climate is basically warm, but it can get very cold at night. Houses in this area are typically constructed of adobe with tin sheet or tile roofs and dirt floors. Pasojoc III is an area rich with natural resources. It is a farming area where the inhabitants grow staples such as corn, beans and other types of vegetables. Many families also raise domestic animals such as sheep, goats, cows and chickens. Many of the families travel to the coast for several months each year to find work cutting cane or coffee. Sadly, many of the children do not go to school because of lack of economic resources and because of the sheer distance they would have to walk to reach school. As a result, the majority of the people are unable to read or write. Many of the teenagers leave home at an early age to search for employment in other areas in Guatemala.
Hello, my name is Ana Alicia Riz Hernandez. I was born on August 3, 2009 and I am ten years old. I am basically a healthy child. I have three brothers and four sisters. I walk about 15 minutes to get to the program here in Pasojoc III, but I have to walk 2 ½ hours to get to the program in Pasojoc I. My father’s name is Agustin and he is a farmer. He grows corn and beans for our own consumption. He also travels to the coast to working during the coffee harvest. My mother’s name is Jacoba and she is a housewife. She also has some domestic animals that she sells when they are grown if we have some needs. We own the house in which we live. It is made of adobe with a tin roof and a dirt floor. It is only one room with a separate kitchen. We have water but we do not have electricity. We use candles for lighting. I am repeating 1st grade. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the rabbit. The foods that I like best are watermelon and fried chicken. In my free time, I like to play soccer. My family attends a Christian church.
With much love and many blessings,
Ana Alicia Riz Hernandez
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary