|Birth Date||Feb 05, 2015|
|Age||4 years old|
Pasojoc 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. Pasojoc 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.
Hello, my name is Gerson Alex De La Cruz Pu. I was born on February 05, 2015 and I am four years old. I am a basically healthy little boy. I am not attending school yet because I am still too young, so I spend my time playing with balls and toy cars. My favorite color is green and my favorite animal is the cat. The food that I like to eat the most is fried chicken. My favorite fruit is the apple. I have two brothers and four sisters. Four of my siblings are also registered in the feeding program and they come with me. We walk about 10 minutes to get to the feeding program. My father’s name is Andres De La Cruz and he is a farmer. He grows corn and black beans for our consumption. He also travels to the coast to work on the sugar cane plantations from May to November. My mother’s name is Olivia Pu and she is a housewife. She also travels to the coast at the end of the year to pick coffee beans. We live in my paternal grandparents’ house. It has two rooms and a separate kitchen. The house is made of adobe with a tin sheet roof, dirt floor, running water and electricity. We do not have any domestic animals. My family does not attend a church yet.
With much love and many blessings,
Gerson Alex De La Cruz Pu
Translated by: Lidia Vasquez / AAC Guatemala