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 Ezequias Didier Veliz Lopez. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on November 24th, 2012. I am six years old and I am in good health. I am attending kindergarten at school. In my free time, I like to play soccer, little cars or motorcycle toys. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the dinosaur. I love to eat beans and eggs. I do not have any brothers or sisters. I live with my mother Jennifer who struggles to support me. Unfortunately, she does not have a job now, so she is looking for one. My father Andy is in prison and cannot help us economically. Fortunately, my grandmother Iris works in a clothing factory and helps us financially. Besides that, my paternal grandfather also contributes with our income by sending us some money from The United States. We live in our own concrete block house with a tin sheet roof and ceramic floors. There are two rooms, a separate kitchen, running water and electricity. We also share the house with one aunt and her family. We attend a Church called Mount Hebron.
With much love and many blessings,
Ezequias Didier Veliz Lopez
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary