Tunaja is a very primitive area of the state of Quiche, Guatemala. The inhabitants are Quiche Mayans who trace their ancestral roots to the ancient Mayan civilization. The prevalent language is the Mayan dialect - Quiche. The people are either farmers or shepherds and live off the fruits of their labors. Very little money ever changes hands as they use a barter system. Public education is available - however, most families cannot afford it. Electricity and running water are not available in most of the area. Life in Tunaja is extremely difficult.
Hello! I send you many greetings and I hope you are in good health. I want to tell you a little about me. My name is Kevin Adolfo Hernandez de la Cruz, and I am a happy and healthy 8-year-old boy. I am in second grade this year. In my free time, I like to play ball and do my homework. My favorite color is red, my favorite animal is a horse, and my favorite food is fried chicken.
Both of my biological parents live with me. My father works as an assistant mason to take care of our needs. My mother is a hardworking housewife and occasionally sells chickens to support us economically. I have three siblings: three brothers. I am joyful to say that we are all healthy, and God has taken good care of us. Also, we attend a Catholic church. I live in a village called Tunaja, and it takes me 30 minutes to walk to the feeding program. My humble house has walls made of adobe, the roof is made of tile, and the floor is made of cement. There are two rooms and a separate kitchen. My paternal grandmother also lives with us. We have hens at home, too. We have running water and electricity at home. My parents pay for the electricity monthly and the water annually. My father owns the house. Our greatest need is groceries. I end my letter wishing you the best.
The Living Waters Evangelism Team is speaking to families in Quiche by phone call. They spoke to my mother to receive information pertaining to me.
Kevin Adolfo Hernandez de la Cruz
Translated by: Kalyan Marroquin / AAC Missionary Intern