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 Jeferson Daniel Flores Mata. I was born on September 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 Arturo Flores and he is a baker. He does not earn a lot of money, but he works hard to take care of my family. My mother’s name is Brenda Isabel Mata Huezo and she is a housewife. Right now, she is not working because she is expecting a baby and she have some health problems so the doctor told her that she have to take rest. We are a very united family of limited resources. We rent the room in which we live. It is made of cement blocks with a tin roof and a cement floor. We cook and sleep in this one room. Actually, we only have one bed and all of us sleep in it. We have running water and electricity. I have only one sister. I am in 2nd grade this year, and when I am not in school, I spend my time playing soccer, toys, or playing games on the telephone. My favorite color is orange, and my favorite animal is the cat. The foods that I like to eat the most are beans and rice. My family attends a church.
With much love and many blessings,
Jeferson Daniel Flores Mata
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary