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 enjoying our God’s richest blessings together with your family. My name is Emely Londy and I am five years old. I was born in Guatemala City on June 30th, 2016, and nowadays, I am enrolled in kindergarten. I want to tell you that my favorite hobbies are playing dolls, lottery and jumping rope. My favorite color is pink, and my favorite animal is the cat. I like all kinds of food, but I love eating chicken and potatoes.
I live together with my family in a place called “Lourdes uno” located in Zone 5. My parent’s name is Libia Solares and Benjamin Cos. They work to support our family expenses. Their work consists of making backpacks. My family and I rent a house which has four rooms and a patio. It is made out of block, and the floor and roof are concrete. Our home has electricity and running water, but the rent payment does not cover those services. We live 10 minutes from the feeding program. We attend a church called “The power of the Word. God has been faithful with us all time and proof of that is that 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, since the staff want to protect us from the current virus. I say goodbye to you for now, but I hope to hear about you the next time.
Many kisses and hugs,
Emely Londy Cos Solares
Translated by Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary