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 Carlos Matias Aragon Reyes. I was born on February 13, 2013 and I am six years old. I have heart murmur, but fortunately I am already under a medical treatment in Guatemalan social security institute. I am also receiving speech therapies there. I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. My father’s name is Carlos Manuel Aragon Maldonado and he is assistant accountant. My mother’s name is Jennifer Sofia Reyes Giron and she sells wooden toys to earn money for our household expenses. I have one little sister who is one year old. We live in a house that has only one room. Our kitchen is in this same room. It is made of cement block with a tin roof and a granite tile floor. We have running water and electricity. I am in kindergarten this year, and when I am not in school, I enjoy playing tag, hide and seek, and playing with my ball. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the lion. The food that I like to eat the most is pancakes. My family attends a Church.
With much love and many blessings,
Carlos Matias Aragon Reyes
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary