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 Astrid Alejandra Ramirez Ajbac. I attend the Zone 5 program. I was born on January 3, 2008. I am ten years old and in good health. I am in the fourth grade. In my free time, I like to run, play with dolls, and play tag. My favorite color is fuchsia, and my favorite animal is the rabbit. I love to eat refried beans. My mother, Juliana, works in a Chinese restaurant. My father, Alejandro, works as a guard at a tool store. He helps us with our bills, but he does not live with us. My family rents a room made of block. The roof is made of cement and the floor is made of granite. We have running water and electricity. The stove is in the same room. We have only one bed, and the whole family sleeps in it. We study in the afternoons. I have two sisters and of one of them is also registered in the feeding program. She is Estefania. My older sister Maireni takes care of us while my mother works. We attend a Christian church.
With much love and many blessings,
Astrid Alejandra Ramirez Ajbac
Translated by Stephen Macoy, Living Water Missionary