|Birth Date||Apr 13, 2011|
|Age||8 years old|
Zacualpa is a small but busy village in a mountain valley. The village is inhabited by both Quiché Indians and Ladinos (those with mixed European ancestry). The prevalent language is Spanish. Families in this village live in one or two room homes generally constructed of either wood or adobe. Although many of the people are farmers, the village contains several small specialized stores, a body repair shop for buses, mechanics, plumbers and many other small-town tradesmen. It also has a large open-air market which serves much of the area.
Hello, my name is Mely Roxanna Morente Chen. I was born on April 13, 2011. I am a basically heathy child, and I walk about 30 minutes to get to the feeding program. I have only one brother. My father’s name is Israel and he digs water wells and farms. My mother’s name is Martina and she is a housewife. We live in the house with my maternal grandparents. The house is made of adobe with a tile roof and a dirt floor. It has three rooms and a kitchen. There are a total of six people living in my house. We grow corn and beans for our own consumption. We have hens, pigs, cats and dogs. My family does not travel to the coast to work as some families do. I am in the 2nd grade. My favorite color is red and my favorite animal is the dog. The foods that I like best are bananas and rice. In my free time, I like to play dolls. My family attends Prince of Peace Church.
With much love and many blessings,
Mely Roxana Morente Chen
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary