Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.
"We filmed some of the children who learned to play violin, flute, drums, cello, string bass, and more – all made from recycled metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes."
Please enjoy this short video.
The compelling story of transformation
In Paraguay and other third-world countries, children are born and live their entire lives in a dump. Surrounded by other people’s trash. Most of this trash is even sent to these landfills from more prosperous countries. Imagine, wealthy countries cannot even dispose of their own trash, they must send it away, out of their site and smell.
The families, living on this landfill, then sort through this trash daily to sell anything of value. They eat, sleep, play, learn and live entirely in the dump. This is an unsafe and unsanitary environment and, as you can imagine, emanates a horrible odor. Certainly, a story that needed to be told about injustice and exploitation of the poor. How could we stand by and watch people live under these conditions?
Then, the story gets better. Cola, a garbage picker, and Favio Chavez, musician, helped to transform this trash into hope and beauty for these impoverished children. They made instruments and learned how to play. Now, known as the “The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.” Perhaps, they won’t have to live their entire life in the landfill. Perhaps, there is hope. Perhaps, this will bring humanity closer to these impoverished families and portray them as skillful, talented and viable world citizens.
How to help
First, use their inspiration to be more conscious about how you dispose of your trash. Do you currently recycle at home? “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” are great goals…even our children are learning about this in school. Check out TreeHugger’s Top Recycling Tips to make recycling more of a daily habit.
If you have a business, do you consider optimizing your packaging options? Have you evaluated how your “product is designed, what it contains, how it is made, and where it goes after use”? You may find some inspiration with William McDonough’s Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovations Institute and certification program.
Get involved in the cause: donate; follow the tour; youth education; instrument drive; and/or volunteer. Find out more about The Landfillharmonic.
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