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 Giovanni Carlos Andres Miranda Rivera. I was born on April 8, 2007 and I am 12 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. My father’s name is Marvin Jeovanni Miranda Miranda and he is a blacksmith. My mother’s name is Damaris Patricia Rivera Soto and she is a waitress in a cafeteria. We rent the house in which we live. It has two rooms including the kitchen. The house is made of cement block with a tin roof and a granite floor. We have running water and electricity. I have only one brother. I am in the 6th grade this year, and when I am not in school, I enjoy playing soccer or basketball and playing video games. My favorite color is black, and my favorite animal is the eagle. The food that I like to eat the most is noodles. My family attends a church called “Family of God”.
With much love and many blessings,
Giovanni Carlos Andres Miranda Rivera
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary