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 pleasure for me to greet you by means of this letter. My name is Andy Daniel, and I was born in Guatemala City on February 8th, 2014. This year, I am in first grade. My favorite color is red, and my favorite animal is the turtle. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and running. My favorite meal is chicken stew.
I live along with my mother and my brother Anthony 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 take care of us. We own a house which has an upstairs and a sheet metal roof. It 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 from the feeding program. In spite of the current world situation, we are all in good health. However, my brother sometimes gets sick because of the weather changes. My family and I are members 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. This is all for now, but I hope to write you again.
Many kisses and hugs,
Andy Daniel Merida Lopez
Translated by Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary