Chixocol, where your child lives, is a very small village nestled in a mountain valley in the state of Quiché, Guatemala. Life in this state is very difficult and somewhat isolated from the outside world. Most families live in one-room adobe houses with dirt floors and a small attached kitchen. The extremely poor live in houses made of corn stalks. In the past few years electricity and water has become available to most people in the area - however, indoor plumbing is very rare. Most of the families are farmers or shepherds and live off the fruits of their labors. Public education is available for those who can afford it and consider it of value. Life in Quiché is always a challenge.
Hello! I am Jefry Eleazar Gonzalez Garcia and I feel so happy to share a little about me. I attend the Chixocol feeding program. I am seven years old and I was born on February 16, 2014. I am a healthy boy. I have two brothers and one sister. My family and I attend a church called Christ Restoration. My father´s name is Tomas Gonzalez Pol, and he works as a truck driver. He goes to pick up corn at the coast, and he works from Monday to Saturday. My mother´s name is Julia Yanet Garcia, and she does the chores at home. She raises hens and ducks. She also embroiders napkins. I am in the first grade at school, and I go out to school every Tuesday because the teacher assigns us homework to do at home. In my free time, I like to play football and ride a bike. My favorite color is orange and my favorite animals are chicks. I love to eat fried chicken. We have our own house which is made of adobe, tiles roof and dirt floor. We have three rooms with a separate kitchen. We have running water, but we do not have electricity. One of our neighbor shares electricity with us, and my parents help her to pay this service every month. My siblings and I take a bus to attend the feeding program and we pay Q10.00 quetzals = $.1.33 dollars from back and forth; we take about fifteen minutes to arrive.
Blessings and much love,
Jefry Eleazar Gonzalez Garcia
Translated by: Esther Hernández, AAC Secretary/Antigua