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! My name is Anthony Alexander and it is a happiness for me to write this letter for you. I want to tell you that I am nine years old. I was born in Guatemala City on May 25th, 2012. Nowadays, I am enrolled in third grade. My favorite hobbies are drawing, studying and playing soccer. I like all kinds of meals, but I love eating fried chicken and rice. My favorite color is white, and my favorite animal is the dog.
I live along with my mother and my brother Andy in a place called “Lourdes dos” in Zone 5. My mother works hard selling second-hand clothes to cover our family needs. Unfortunately, my father has been in prison for six years. I do not know why, but his name is Walter Merida. Because of this, my mother struggles every day to go ahead with us. While she works, my paternal grandmother takes care of us. We own a house which has an upstairs and a sheet metal roof. This is made out of block and granite floor with running water and electricity. Our home has two medium size rooms and a small kitchen. We live 15 minutes a walk from the feeding program. In spite of the current world situation, we are all in good health. However, I sometimes get sick because of the weather changes. My family and I are member of the church called Sheep’s shelter. Finally, let me tell you that my grandma Rosario Fuentes assisted a member of the Evangelism team to get information about me by phone, since the staff want to protect us from the virus. I say goodbye to you for now, but I would like to thank you for taking time to read my letter. I hope to hear about your news the next time.
From the bottom of my heart,
Anthony Alexander Merida Lopez
Translated by Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary