Cuatro Caminos "four roads", where your child lives, is an area located high on the side of a mountain in the state of Quiché, Guatemala. Life is this area is very difficult and very isolated from the outside world. It is a two hour walk to the nearest market town of Zacualpa. Cuatro Caminos is a farming area where corn and black beans, the staple elements in their diet, are the major crops. 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 Fredy Armando Xiquin Riz. I attend the Cuatro Caminos feeding program. I am nine years old, and I was born on August 6, 2012. I am in good health. I have four brothers. I am in the second grade at school and am receiving classes once per week. I enjoy playing football with my brothers. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the dove. My mother prepares black beans with hard-boiled eggs, and I love to eat it. Unfortunately, my parents separated years ago. My biological father is Tomas Xiquin Chicoj. My mother established a new relationship with Mr. Victor Mendez, and he works as a farmer and as a day laborer. He covers the home expenses. My mother´s name is Zoila Riz Ruiz, and she does the household chores. She raises hens. We have our own house which is made of adobe, tin sheet roof and dirt floor. We have two rooms with a separate kitchen. We do not have electricity, so we use candles in the nights. We do not have running water, so we get it from a hose because we have a water source that is located near our house. My brother Byron and I walk about forty minutes to attend the feeding program. We attend a Christian Church.
Hugs and many blessings,
Fredy Armando Xiquin Riz
Translated by: Esther Hernández, AAC Secretary/Antigua