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 Byron Emmanuel Tunchez Valenzuela. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on December 23rd, 2005. I am thirteen years old and I am in good health. I am attending fifth grade at school. In my free time, I like to play soccer and Nintendo. My favorite color is orange and my favorite animal is the dog. I love to eat pizza. I have one brother and one sister. My father Emigdio works as a supervisor from a group of people that gathers construction waste for the Municipality in Guatemala City. My mother Silvia Jeannette works as a transit police. My brother Frank works as a haircutter and my sister Lourdes is a person with special needs and she is studying. We live in our own concrete block house with a tin sheet roof and cemented floors. There are three rooms with running water and electricity. We attend a Church called Christ Adulam.
With much love and many blessings,
Byron Emmanuel Tunchez Valenzuela
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary