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 Eliu Abrahaam Hernandez Grijalva. I was born on October 13, 2013 and I am 5 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 program. My father’s name was Erik Amado, but sadly he was killed when my mother was pregnant with me. My mother’s name is Merlin Arianita Hernandez Grijalva and she established a new relationship with a man. He works as a house painter. My mother works as a tortilla vendor in front of a local restaurant. We own the house in which we live. It has only one medium size room where we have the bed, the kitchen and the bathroom. The room is made of cement block with a tin roof and a cement floor. We have electricity and running water. I have only one sister. I do not go to school because we do not have the resources. I spend my time playing with my toy cars, drawing and watching television. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite animal is the cat. The food that I like to eat the most is chicken. My family attends a church.
With much love and many blessings,
Eliu Abrahaam Hernandez Grijalva
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary