|Birth Date||May 27, 2005|
|Age||14 years old|
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 Alexander Estuardo Hernandez Alvarado. I was born on May 27, 2005 and I am 13 years old. I am in good health and I attend the Zone 5 feeding program. Unfortunately, I was not legally recognized by my father because he abandoned us when I was two years old and he never did it because of personal problems. After a time he passed away. My mother’s name is Silvia Hernandez Alvarado and she earns money for our expenses by cleaning houses. We own the house in which we live. It is made of cement blocks with a cement floor. The roof is made one part of tin and one part is is constructed in such a way that an additional floor could be added in the future. We have four small rooms and a separate kitchen. We have electricity and running water. I have one brother and three sisters. I am in the 5th grade this year, and when I am not in school, I enjoy playing volleyball, drawing, running or riding my bike. My favorite color is red, and my favorite animal is the tiger. The foods that I like to eat the most are chow mein and chicken.
With much love and many blessings,
Alexander Estuardo Hernandez Alvarado
Translated by: Edwina Lyons/AAC Missionary