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 Melissa Abigail Bobadilla Montenegro. I was born on June 17, 2009 and I am 9 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. My father’s name is Daniel Isaias Bobadilla Fernandez and he works as a maintenance man doing all different types of things. My mother’s name is Ada Albertina Montenegro Solorzano and she is a housewife. She also takes care of my siblings and me. We own the house in which we live. It is made of cement block with a tin roof and a cement floor. The house has 3 small rooms and a separate kitchen. We have running water and electricity. I have 1 sister and 1 brother. I am in 4th grade this year, and when I am not in school, I spend my time playing ball, making crafts and helping my mother in the kitchen. I love attending the Bible classes at the feeding program. My favorite color is mint green, and my favorite animal is the cat. The food that I like to eat the most is Pepian (a traditional Guatemalan dish). Currently, my family does not attend church.
With much love and many blessings,
Melissa Abigail Bobadilla Montenegro
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary