Zone 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. This child lives on top of an old rubbish dump in Zone 5 of Guatemala City.
Hello, my name is Isaac Antonio Hernandez Lopez. I was born on February 15, 2013 and I am six years old. I suffer from asthma. I have two brothers. We live in my maternal grandmother’s home. My family lives in one room of the house. It is made of cement block with a tin roof and a cement floor. We have water and electricity. My mother cooks with my grandmother because we do not have a stove. My father’s name is Mario. He looks after and washes the cars of people that park in a public lot, and they pay him for this service. My mother’s name is Carla and she does the cleaning in a clinic in order to help with our expenses. When my parents go to work, my grandmother takes care of me. I am in kindergarten and when I am not in school, I like to play ball and marbles, to color and to watch television. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the lion. The foods that I like best are chicken with rice and beans. Currently, my family does not attend church.
With much love and many blessings,
Isaac Antonio Hernandez Lopez
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary