Nueva Esperanza, which means New Hope, is located in a slum area of Guatemala City, Guatemala. 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, where Nueva Esperanza is located, 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. It is an extremely dangerous area where criminals, prostitutes and drug addicts live.
Now, I will continue telling you some personal information. My name is Randy Saucedo Cu Can and I was born on May 8, 2015 in Guatemala City. I like to go to the feeding program, and I usually walk for 5 minutes to get there. However, it is now closed due to the pandemic. I live in Zone 5 together with my parents Mario and Rosa, one brother and one sister. I am in pre-primary at school, and my favorite color is red. I like cats and I love to eat stewed chicken. In my free time, I enjoy playing football and painting. Thankfully, I am a healthy boy. My father is the only one who supports my family. He works as a gardener, and my mother takes care of us and the house. We live happily, however, we face hard economic situations. My family rents a room to live in which is made of adobe, cement floor and tin sheet roof. There is running water and electricity that my parents pay separately from the rent. As a family, we do not attend any church. For that reason, I ask for your prayers for us so we can come close to God. Well, I have to go now, but I hope to write you again in the future.
Greetings and hugs,
Randy Saucedo Cu Can
Translated by: Mireya Barahona de Sandoval, AAC Secretary / Antigua