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 Neredith Jolleth Hernandez Grijalva. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on January 24th, 2011. I am seven years old and I am in good health. I am not attending school due to our low economical resources. I just passed kindergarten. In my free time, I like to play dolls and soccer. My favorite color is pink, and my favorite animal is the dog. I love to eat beef. I just have one brother. My mother Merlin Arianita is the one that struggles to support us because my father passed away some time ago. He used to work as a bus driver. We live with our great-grandmother and one of my mother´s cousins named Samantha. My mother works by selling tortillas outside of Pollo Pinulito (business that sells fried chicken) with Samantha. In addition, my great-grandmother receives some monthly pension, so both of them try to cover the home expenses. Sadly, my grandparents passed away too. I want to share with you that we live in a two-room house made of concrete block with a tin sheet roof and cemented floors. There is a separate kitchen made of wood with running water and electricity. We attend a Church called Mont Hebron (Monte Hebron).
With much love and many blessings,
Neredith Jolleth Hernandez Grijalva
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary