Pasojoc III, where your child lives, is located in an extremely remote area of the mountains in Quiche, Guatemala. Life in this area is very difficult and very isolated from the outside world. It is a 3-hour walk to the nearest market town. The people who inhabit the area are Quiche Mayans who can trace their ancestral roots to the ancient Mayan civilization. They normally speak a Mayan dialect called Quiche, however, Spanish is becoming more common. The climate is basically warm, but it can get very cold at night. Houses in this area are typically constructed of adobe with tin sheet or tile roofs and dirt floors. Pasojoc III is an area rich with natural resources. It is a farming area where the inhabitants grow staples such as corn, beans and other types of vegetables. Many families also raise domestic animals such as sheep, goats, cows and chickens.
My name is Sabino Gehovany de la Cruz de la Cruz, and I am 12 years old. I was born on August 2, 2010. I am a 3rd-grade student in school. In my spare time, I help at home carrying firewood, and I enjoy playing football. My favorite color is green, and I love sheep. The food that I like the most is fried chicken. My biological parents are Santos Calachij Garcia and Rosa de la Cruz de la Cruz. When I was born my parents were minors and were not allowed to legally recognize me as their son. For this reason, my grandparents (Sabino de la Cruz Toj and Sabina de la Cruz) gave me their last name. Currently, I live with my parents and my four sisters. My father earns a living as a day laborer, and he also travels to the Coast to work picking coffee. My mother is a housewife, and she stays at home taking care of us. She also raises domestic animals such as: chickens and sheep. Thank God, we are in good health. We attend the Catholic Church, and we are part of a charismatic group. Our house belongs to my father. We have two rooms and a separate kitchen made of adobe walls, tin sheet roof and dirt floor with running water but not electricity. We use candles and flashlights for lighting. My father pays for the water service. Our basic needs are groceries, corn, clothes and shoes. We walk about 90 minutes to attend the Feeding Program.
Many greetings to you!
Sabino Gehovany de la Cruz de la Cruz
Translated by: Lucia Gravez, AAC Secretary Antigua