Children with a ‘PA’ prefix are on the Pasojoc (pronounced Pas-o-hoc) programme, and live high in the remote mountains of the Quiché area of Guatemala. Quiché is the home to most of the Mayans, one of the main people groups in Guatemala.
Pasojoc is located on the side of a mountain about 7,500 feet up, almost in the rain forest. The views are stunning but the isolation and remoteness are a real challenge. It is a farming area where corn and black beans, the essential elements for tortillas and frijoles, are the major crops.
This is one of the most least developed and poverty stricken areas of Guatemala. The children in this area have few interests outside of the home. It is a two-hour walk to the nearest town, Zacualpa, and many of them never leave the mountain. Until just before we began this programme there was not even a viable track up to the village let alone a mud road.
It was the leaders of the community who approached Adopt-A-Child to ask for a programme to be begun in their area. They had seen how other children’s and families’ lives had been changed and wanted the same for their children. The purpose-built facility is used to feed the children and hold Bible classes.
The children receive good nutritional food, Bible teaching, and basic medical and dental care. Along with two other programmes started in the vicinity, there is the potential of up to 6-8,000 children and their families being reached with practical care and the Gospel message.