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 Ricardo David Morales Ortega. I was born on August 23, 2007 and I am 11 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. My father’s name is Jose Israel Morales Morales and he is a taxi driver. My mother’s name is Rosa Lidia Ortega Godoy and she is a housewife and takes care of my brothers and me. We own the house in which we live. It is made of concrete blocks with a cement floor. The roof is constructed in such a way that an additional floor could be added in the future. We have 2 medium sized rooms and a separate kitchen. We have running water and electricity. I love to go to the feeding program because it is beautiful, and I have many friends there. I walk about 5 minutes from my home to the feeding program. I have 2 brothers. I am in 5th grade this year, and when I am not in school, I enjoy playing with my balls, tops and marbles. My favorite color is orange, and my favorite animal is the dog. The foods that I like to eat the most are noodles and chicken with sauce. My family attends a catholic church.
With much love and many blessings,
Ricardo David Morales Ortega
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary