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! I am so happy to greet you by means of this letter. My name is Alex Gabriel I was born on December 14th, 2008 in Guatemala City. I am 12 years and this year, I am enrolled in fifth grade. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animals are dogs. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer. I like all kinds of food, but I prefer fried chicken. I live together with my parents and siblings in a place called “El Esfuerzo”, located in Zone 5.
My mother´s name is Elvira Asig, and she works as a domestic worker to help my father with the expenses. My father works as a mason; his name is Victor Alonzo. While my parents work, my older sister Amalia takes care of my younger sister and me. Fortunately, my whole family and I are in good health. We live with my maternal grandmother. Her house has six rooms which are made out of block, tin sheet roof and concrete floor with running water, but there is no electricity. So, one of our neighbors share the service with us, and at the end of each month, my parents pay him a certain amount of money. My family and I use two rooms of my granny’s home; in one of these, we have our kitchen. Thankfully, we live close to the feeding program because I just walk for 10 minutes to get there. I also want to tell you that my family and I attend an evangelical church called Restauration. Finally, let me tell you that my older sister assisted a member of the Evangelism team to get information about me by phone, since the staff want to protect us from the current virus. This is all for now, but if you want to know more about my life, feel free to ask me.
Sending you huge hugs,
Axel Gabriel Alonzo Asig
Translated by: Hillary Popol / AAC Secretary