It’s difficult to imagine a more desperate scenario.
Young men. Grandmothers. New parents. Children so young they could be mistaken for toddlers. Swinging various tools about, combing through mountains of trash. Fighting vermin in the hope of gathering enough sellable recyclables to help feed their families for the day.
Over the years, this group of over 100 families living at the garbage dump in our border town has been known simply as the “Dump Community”. They scavenge for building materials and erect their homes upon piles of rotting garbage. Through scorching heat and punishing monsoon rains, they toil day after day.
Recently, during a regular health training, a group of them announced to our Compasio staff that they were tired of their community’s nickname. They have renamed themselves “Future Stars”.
“This dump won’t be our home forever. Our future is bright. Far from the dump, like the stars.”
Sometimes hope is all you’ve got, and sometimes, it’s all it takes.