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 Andrea Jimena Alvarado Pana. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on August 21st, 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 and to ride my bicycle. My favorite color is purple, and my favorite animal is the dog. I love to eat pizza. I just have one sister. My mother Gloria Marina is the one that struggles to support us by working as a janitor because my father has abandoned my family eight years ago and we do not know anything about him since that time. Besides that, my oldest sister Allison is looking for a job because she has recently graduated. Thank God, we live in our own house made of concrete block with a tin sheet roof and cemented floors. There are four rooms with running water and electricity. My grandparents also live with us; their names are Maximo Alvarado y Manuela Pana. They do not work because they are elderly people. We attend a Church called Real Life (Vida Real).
With much love and many blessings,
Andrea Jimena Alvarado Pana
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary