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! My name is Romeo de la Cruz Suar and I attend the Chixocol feeding program. I am eleven years old and I was born on August 29, 2010. I am a healthy boy. I am in the third grade at school. I receive my classes every Monday and Thursday. I enjoy playing football. I love to eat noodles. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the hen. I have one brother and one sister. My family and I attend Full Gospel Church. My father´s name is Vicente de la Cruz Gutierrez. He covers the home expenses by working as a farmer and as a day laborer. Sometimes, he does not work because he suffers from muscle pains, but he is not in medical treatment due to our low economic resources. My mother´s name is Catarina Suar Chingo, and she does the chores at home. She raises hens and turkeys. We have our own house. We have one room which is made of adobe, tin sheet roof and cement floor. We do not have running water and electricity. Our neighbors sell us gallons of water and share electricity with us. Our needs are groceries because my father cannot work when he is sick. My mother brings us to the feeding program, and we walk about fifteen minutes to arrive.
Hugs with much love,
Romeo de la Cruz Suar
Translated by: Esther Hernández, AAC Secretary/Antigua