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 Gloria Ester, and it is a happiness for me to greet you through this letter. I want to tell you that I was born in Guatemala City on September 29th, 2013. This year, I am eight years old, and I am enrolled in first grade. My favorite hobbies are jump the rope, Chinese jump rope and soccer. I like animals, but I love rabbits. My favorite color is green, and my favorite meal is chicken in cream.
I live together with my parents and siblings in a place called “Lourdes uno”, in Zone 5. We own a house which only has a big room where we have our bedroom, kitchen and bathroom at the same time. Its walls are made out of block. The roof is metal sheet, and the floor is ceramic. It has running water and electricity services. My father’s name is Mario Morales, and he makes a living as a mason in order to supply our needs. My mother also works to help my father with the expenses. Her name is Iris Veliz, and she works as a street vendor; she usually sells sponges. We live 30 minutes from the feeding program. My family and I attend a church called The King’s Holocaust. Our God has been merciful with us 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. I say goodbye to you for now, but I would like to hear about you soon.
Sending you huge kisses and hugs,
Gloria Ester Morales Veliz
Translated by Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary