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. Hello! I am so happy to greet you through this letter. I hope you are in good health along with your family. My name is Josefp Antonio and I am seven years old. I was born in Guatemala City on May 18th, 2014, and nowadays, I am enrolled in first grade. I want to tell you that my favorite hobbies are riding my bike and playing puzzles. My favorite color is red and my favorite animals are dogs.
I like all kinds of food, but I love eating pizza, eggs and sausages. I live together with my parents and my sister Camila in a place called “Lomas del Eden” located in Zone 5. My mother’s name is Claudia Morales. She does the chores and takes care of my sister and me. My father’s name is Juan Gutierrez, and he works as a delivery courier to cover our needs. In spite of Covid-19, my whole family and I are in good health. We rent a small house which has two bedrooms and a separated kitchen with running water and electricity. The rent payment covers those services too. The house is made out of block, metal sheet roof and concrete floor. We live 30 minutes from the feeding program. We do not attend the church, but I would like to do it someday. Finally, let me tell you that my mother assisted a member of the Evangelism team to get information about me, since the staff want to protect us from the current virus. This is all for now, but if you want to know something else about my life, feel free to ask me.
Sending you the warmest hugs,
Josefp Antonio Gutierrez Morales
Translated by: Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary