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 Abner Isai Osorio Arreaga. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on August 11th, 2009. I am nine years old and I am in good health. I am attending second grade at school. In my free time, I like to play soccer, to ride bicycle and tag. My favorite color is green, and my favorite animal is the cat. I love to eat chicken. I have three brothers and two sisters. My father Fernando earns a living by carrying heavy packages in an out of a nearby market in order to cover our needs. Meanwhile, my mother Silvia tries to help with the incomes by selling plastic buckets on the street or doing some errands for others. We live in a rented one-room house made of adobe and block with cement roof and floors. There is electricity but no running water, so we have to get the water from a nearby tank or sometimes pay for it from one of our neighbors. We attend a Church called Pentecostal.
With much love and many blessings,
Abner Isai Osorio Arreaga
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary