|Birth Date||Nov 23, 2005|
|Age||13 years old|
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. Life in Zone 5 is very difficult. This child lives on top of an old rubbish dump in Zone 5 of Guatemala City.
Hello! My name is Guillermo Alberto Lopez Estrada. I attend the Zone Five feeding program. I was born on November 23rd, 2005. I will be thirteen years old this year and I am in good health. I attend the fifth grade. In my free time, I like to play football and with video games. My favorite color is black and my favorite animal is the panda. I love to eat Bolognese spaghetti. I have one brother and one sister. I live with my father and my siblings in a one room rented house made of concrete block with a concrete roof, granite 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 father struggles to support us by working as a gardener for the municipality. It is hard for my father to provide our basic needs because he does not earn much money. We enjoy attending the feeding program because we have delicious and enough food there, since there are times when we do not have much food in our house. My sister works by doing the cleaning in a house and she covers her own expenses. She does not contribute to the family income because she does not earn much money. I enjoy when my father takes me to visit my grandfather. My mother abandoned us in 2011. She does not visit us or send us any money; she is not a part of my life. We attend a church called God Assembly.
With much love and many blessings,
Guillermo Alberto Lopez Estrada
Translated by: Lidia Vásquez /AAC Guatemala