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 Pedro Manuel Alvarado Tiul. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on April 09th, 2006. I am twelve years old and I am in good health. I am attending fifth grade at school. In my free time, I like to play soccer, basketball and run. My favorite color is black, and my favorite animal is the dog. I love to eat chicken in cream. I just have one sister. My mother Ligia Fabiola is the one that struggles to support us by working as a maid because my father Juventino abandoned my family two years ago and we do not know anything about him. I stay under the care of my sister Gabriela while my mother is working. We share the house with my grandmother, one aunt and cousins. We live in a rented adobe house with tin sheet roof and granite floors. We share the kitchen, but we sleep in separate rooms. There is running water and electricity and each family contributes to pay those services. We attend a Church called Community of the Holy Spirit (Comunidad del Espíritu Santo).
With much love and many blessings,
Pedro Manuel Alvarado Tiul
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary