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! It is a privilege for me to greet you. I really hope you are in good health along with your family. My name is Jefry Armando, and I am five years old. I was born in Guatemala City on January 24th, 2016, and nowadays, I am enrolled in kindergarten. I want to tell you that my favorite hobbies are playing soccer, riding a skateboard and watching cartoons. My favorite colors are blue and sky blue. My favorite animals are cats. I like all kinds of food, but I love eating tamales.
I live together with my family in Zone 5. My mother’s name is Heidy Lopez. She works in a place where she prepares Guatemalan typical food. In this way, she gets money to help my father with the incomes. My father’s name is Eswin Coton, and his work consists of selling metal products to support our family needs. While they work, my grandma Veronica Merlos takes care of us. In spite of Covid-19, my whole family and I are in good health. We rent a room which has running water and electricity services. The payment of rent does not include the payment of these services. The house is made out of block. The roof is metal sheet and suspended ceiling tiles, and the floor is concrete. There is not much space in the room, so I sleep with my brother. We live 10 minutes from the feeding program. My family and I are members of the Catholic Church called Saint Peter. 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 leave you for now, but I want to let you know that I appreciate you so much for taking time to read my letter.
In Jesus name,
Jefry Armando Coton Lopez
Translated by Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary