Chixocol, where your child lives, is a very small village nestled in a mountain valley in the state of Quiché, Guatemala. Life in this state is very difficult. 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 have 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 Quiché is always a challenge.
Hello! My name is Emerson Alexis Antonio Suy Sicajau. I am a healthy child who was born on February 12, 2017. Currently, I am 6 years old, and I am in kindergarten. I stay at home playing soccer and marbles in my free time. I love the color blue, and I like cats. My favorite food is rice and boiled potatoes. I have one brother and two sisters; two of them are registered at the feeding program too. My family and I attend the Catholic Church. My father’s name is Oscar Suy Panjoj, and he is a day laborer. Unfortunately, my parents separated at the middle of 2021, and my father established a new family with another woman. He is not supporting us, so my mother has been struggling to cover our basic needs. Her name is Maria Elena Sicajau Tiniguar de Suy, and she is raising hens to sell. Thankfully, my grandfather is helping us financially.
We do not have our own house, so we live with my maternal grandparents. The house has two rooms and a separate kitchen, and it is made of adobe with a tin sheet/tile roof and dirt floor. Thankfully, we have running water and electricity services. Our frequent needs are groceries and clothes. I walk for 30 minutes to arrive at the feeding program. My mom helped me to give this information to a LW Evangelism teacher. I thank you for reading my little letter, and I hope you find it interesting.
Emerson Alexis Antonio Suy Sicajau
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/A-A-C Secretary, Antigua Guatemala