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 Fergie Sherlyn Lopez Merlos. I was born on May 25, 2010 and I am nine years old. I am basically a healthy child, but I do suffer from allergies when the climate changes. I live with my mother, Julissa, in two rooms on the second level of a building. The rooms are made of wood with a tin roof and a wood floor. We have water and electricity. Our kitchen is in one of the rooms. Right now, my mother does not have a job. My grandmother is helping us with our food and other expenses. She sells tostadas in the market. I ask God to bless my mother with a job. I started coming to the feeding program because some of my friends invited me to attend. I am in 3rd grade. My favorite color is pink and my favorite animal is the giraffe. The food that I like best is black beans with rice. In my free time, I like to play with my dolls, go to the park and watch television. We attend a Catholic church.
With much love and many blessings,
Fergie Sherlyn Lopez Merlos
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary