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 Amy Hanay Polanco Chavez. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on August 01st, 2010. I am eight years old and I am in good health. I am attending first grade at school. In my free time, I like to play dolls, little dish toys and to jump rope. My favorite color is pink, and my favorite animal is the dog. I love to eat chicken. I have four brothers. I live and stay under the care of my grandmother and one aunt. My grandmother is the one that struggles to support us by working in a Cake shop named Palace. My uncle Elias also helps me economically with my studies. He earns a living by working in a restaurant. About my parents, well my mother Noemi is not living with me but we have communication. My father does not legally recognize me or have any communication with me. We live in a concrete block house with a tin sheet roof and granite floors. There are four rooms, running water and electricity. We attend an Evangelical Church.
With much love and many blessings,
Amy Hanay Polanco Chavez
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary