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 Elmer Adrian Toledo. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. I was born on September 16th, 2013. I am five years old and I am in good health. Since I am still young, I am not attending school yet. In my free time, I like to play soccer and some other toys. My favorite color is red, and my favorite animal is the chicken. I love to eat fried eggs. I have three brothers and three sisters. My father works as a mason’s helper in order to cover the expenses. However, he does not legally recognize me yet. My mother Mariza Elizabeth is a housewife, but also earns some money by helping my grandmother to sell typical snacks such as Atol and tostadas in the park every afternoon. We live in our own concrete block house with a tin sheet roof and cemented floors. There are five rooms with running water and electricity. Besides that, we share the house with some relatives, but each family has their own room to sleep. We do not attend any church yet.
With much love and many blessings,
Elmer Adrian Toledo
Translated by: Mireya de Sandoval/ AAC Secretary