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 Jusep Josafat Parada Siguenza. I was born on July 21, 2014 and I am 4 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. My father’s name was Hugo Rafael Hernandez, but sadly, he passed away when I was about 3 months old. I was not legally recognized by my father, I use the last name of my mother. My mother’s name is Anali Aracely Parada Siguenza and she works as a moto taxi driver. She does not make much money, so my grandfather helps with food. Because of the lack of food, the feeding program is a huge blessing for us. I love to go and receive the delicious meals. I am an only child. My mother and I live with my grandparents. The house is cement block with a tin roof and a cement floor. We do not have running water and electricity. We get our electricity from a neighbor and we split the cost with the neighbor. I do not go to school yet because I am still young, so I spend my time playing ball, coloring in my coloring books, and watching television. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the elephant. The food that I like to eat the most is eggs with sausage.
With much love and many blessings,
Jusep Josafat Parada Siguenza
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary