Chixocol, where your child lives, is a very small village nestled in a mountain valley in the state of Quiche, 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 Quiche is always a challenge.
Hello! My name is Carlos Us Aguilar, and I am 6 years old. I was born on April 4, 2016. I am in good health, and I am in kindergarten this year. My hobbies are playing soccer and tag, I like the color green, and my favorite animal is the dog. I love eating spaghetti. My parents’ names are Leonel Us Ajqui and Ana Veronica Aguilar De La Cruz. My father works as a day laborer while my mother raises domestic animals for selling. I have two brothers, and one of them is part of the feeding program too. As a family, we are attending Prince of Peace Church.
We live with my great-grandparents, and their house has two rooms and a separated kitchen. The house is made of adobe with a tile roof and dirt floor. We have running water and electricity services, and my parents pay the electricity bill. We have hens and pigs at home. We are a humble family, and we are in need of groceries and clothes. I walk for 10 minutes to arrive to the feeding program, and my uncles accompany me. May God bless you!
Hugs and kisses
Carlos Us Aguilar
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio, AAC Secretary/Antigua