Norma Saida

Gender Female
Birth Date Apr 05, 2011
Age 8 years old
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Attends Program
Pasojoc III
Program Country



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 Norma Saida de la Cruz Morente.  I was born on April 5, 2011 and I am eight years old.  I am a healthy child.  I have two brothes.  I walk about five minutes to get here to the feeding program at Pasojoc III, and I walk about 1 ½ hours to get to the program at Pasojoc I.  My father’s name is Nicolas.  Sadly, he abandoned us when I was born, so I never really knew him.  My mother’s name is Maria and she is the one who is struggling to provide for our family.  She is working at the coast.  While my mother is at the coast, we stay with my maternal grandparents.  My grandmother’s name is Tomasa.  Sometimes we also stay with my aunt Juana.  Occasionally, we do not have money to buy corn, so my aunt helps us my grandparents with a little money.  We share the house with my grandmother.  It is adobe with a tin roof and a dirt floor.  The house has two rooms and a separate kitchen.  We do not have electricity or water.  We get our water from a natural water source with a hose.  I am 1st grade.  My favorite color is pink 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 with my dolls.  My family attends Prince of Peace Church.

With much love and many blessings,

Norma Saida de la Cruz Morente

Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary

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