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 Daila Jimena Abigail Perez Ovalle. I was born on January 20, 2008 and I am 11 years old. I am basically in good health. My father’s name is Ruben Antonio Perez Herrera, but he abandoned my family many years ago and does not help us economically. We do not have any communication with him. My mother’s name is Griselda Yanira Ovalle and she works in a bakery shop. She is the person who is solely responsible for our household expenses. We rent a very small house. It has 2 rooms and a separate kitchen. The house is cement block with a tile floor. The roof of the house is constructed in such a way that an additional floor could be added in the future. We have running water and electricity, but these are not included in the rent. We pay for these separately. I have only one brother. I am in the 5th grade this year, and when I am not in school, I enjoy drawing, dancing and swimming. My favorite color is pink, and my favorite animal is the dog. The foods that I like to eat the most are Chinese rice and chicken. My family attends a church called “Family of God”.
With much love and many blessings,
Daila Jimena Abigail Perez Ovalle
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary