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 Wilmer Alexander Tzoy Morente. I was born on October 7, 2012, and I am 9 years old. I am a healthy boy, and I am attending third grade this year. I keep at home playing soccer. I love the color yellow and I like bears. My favorite food is fried chicken. I have three sisters and one brother. I live about 10 minutes away from the feeding program, and I always walk to the program accompanied by my siblings who are part of it too. We are attending the Catholic Church.
I am under the care of my parents. My father’s name is Dario Tzoy Ruiz, and he left for the United States in July of this year. He is already working there and he is fine. He keeps in touch with us and sends money for our needs. My mother’s name is Isabel Morente Ajqui, and she dedicates her time to the family and raises hens and pigs. We live in our own house made of adobe with a tin sheet roof and dirt floor, and we have two rooms and one kitchen. We do not have electricity, so we use solar energy. We use a hose to bring water from a natural spring. This is my personal information, and I hope you can find it interesting.
With much love
Wilmer Alexander Tzoy Morente
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/AAC Secretary, Antigua