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! First of all, I want to thank you for taking time to read my letter. I hope you are doing well along with your loved ones. My name is Juanpablo, and I was born in Guatemala City on February 25th, 2015. This year, I am enrolled in kindergarten. My favorite color is red, and my favorite animal is the elephant. In my free time, I enjoy playing toy cars and soccer. My favorite meals are fried chicken and pizza.
I live together with my family in a place called “El Esfuerzo” in Zone 5. My father’s name is Nery Palacios and he makes a living as a street vendor to cover our needs. He usually sells shoes and bakeware for pizza. My mother’s name is Esther Santisteban, and she helps my father with the expenses. She sells pizza and bakeware at home so that she can take care of my siblings and me. We own a house which is made out of block, metal sheet roof and granite floor. This has four medium size rooms and a separated kitchen with running water and electricity. Fortunately, we live close to the feeding program because we only have to walk 15 minutes to get there. My family and I are members of Bethania Church. We are so grateful with our Lord because we are all in good health. Finally, let me tell you that my mother assisted a member of the Evangelism team to get information about me by phone, since the staff want to protect us from the virus. This is all for now, but if you want to ask me something else, feel free to do it.
With much love,
Juanpablo Aias Emmanuel Palacios Santisteban
Translated by Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary