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.
Hello! My name is Madisson Paulina Sanchez Ochoa. I was born on November 18, 2004 and I am 14 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. My father’s name is Victor Hugo Sanchez Ramirez, but he does not live with us. He left and since August of last year we have not seen him nor has he helped us financially. My mother´s name is Joselin Lilibeth Ochoa Estrada and she works as a food vendor in the market. She sells french fries. It is very difficult for my mother to buy all the things that I need such as my school uniform and other needs. She has started the legal process to try and get support from my father for my expenses. The church where we attend has helped us with a few of our school supplies. We rent the house in which we live. It has one room and a small separate kitchen. The house is made of cement block with a tin roof and a granite tile floor. We have electricity and running water. I have one sister and one brother. I am in the 7th grade, and when I am not in school, I enjoy playing basketball, dancing, and listening to praise music. My favorite color is fuchsia, and my favorite animal is the dog. The food that I like to eat the most is hilachas (a typical dish with beef and potatoes). My family attends a church called “House of Prayer.”
With much love and many blessings,
Madisson Paulina Sanchez Ochoa
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary