Zona 5, where your child lives, is located in a slum area of Guatemala City. An extremely poor area, our program is squeezed in among the shanty dwellings built over an old city dump. Many houses in this area are without toilets or running water and are assembled with scrap wood, sheet metal, and cardboard. Zone 5, is considered one of the most dangerous areas of Guatemala City. It is controlled by gangs and drug pushers. Robberies and murders are common in this area. Public education is available - however, many cannot afford it.
Hello! My name is Cesar Luis Arcangel Tunay Ortiz. I attend the Zone Five feeding program. I was born on July 30th, 2013. I am five years old and I am in good health. I attend the preschool. In my free time, I like to play hide and seek, tag and with different kinds of toys. I have one brother and two sisters. Their names are Dominic, Jessica and Sofia. My youngest sister is two years old. I only have the last name of my mother because my father did not want to legally recognize me and he is not a part in my life. I live with my mother, my siblings and my uncle in a one room rented house made of concrete block with a tin sheet roof, concrete floor, running water and electricity. We cook inside the room because we do not have a separate kitchen. The bathroom is outside the room. My mother is who struggles to support us and she works in a place where they sell tortillas. We do not attend a church yet.
With much love and many blessings,
Cesar Luis Arcangel Tunay Ortiz
Translated by: Lidia Vásquez /AAC Guatemala