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! How are you? I hope you are in good health together with your loved ones. My name is Glendy Natalia Raquel Coj Cux, and I am a happy and healthy 10-year-old girl. I am in fourth grade this year. In my free time, I like to play hide-and-seek with my friends and help with the house chores. My favorite color is red, my favorite animal is a cat, and my favorite food is beans with cheese and eggs.
Both of my biological parents lives with me. My father works as a farmer and day laborer to take care of our needs. My mother is a hardworking housewife and sells domestic animals to help support us economically. I have two siblings: 2 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 10 minutes to walk to the feeding program. My humble house has walls made of block, the roof is made of concrete, and the floor is made of ceramic tile. There are two rooms and a separate kitchen. We have a cow, hens, and a pig, too. We have running water, an outhouse for a bathroom, and electricity at home. My father pays for the utilities. My family owns the house. Our greatest needs are sugar, rice, and corn. Thank you for all your support. God bless you!
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.
Kisses and hugs,
Glendy Natalia Raquel Coj Cux
Translated by: Kalyan Marroquin / AAC Missionary Intern