Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Welcome back to the Dump

Drive past the large solid gates, turn right into what resembles the outskirts of an American landfill, drive down a small muddy path and when you start to see rows of tin shed-like buildings, you're there.  I like going to the communities surrounding the Guatemala City.  The working poor live and survive outside the dump.  People in this community buy a permit to collect recyclables from the Guatemala City landfill.  In America, this would be filmed for an episode of Hoarders because the piles would never move.  In Guatemala, those piles are carefully sorted by type of recyclable and then sold to support the family.  There is no welfare system here. 

Today, we were able to deliver six pilas to families and start pouring a concrete floor for yet another  family.  The pilas are 500 pound, three compartment, concrete sinks.  The sinks are strong enough to withstand an existence in adverse conditions, extremely useful, and too heavy to be easily stolen.  The concrete floor will immediately provide this family with improved living conditions.  It's amazing that something so basic by American standards can help to transform the life a family here.  

Even though these children have so little, they didn't ask for anything.  They just wanted someone to love them and pay attention to them.  My dear friend Molly (that's what it sounded like with her front teeth missing) even sang us a song.  Would my children be so content with so little?  I hope so but very much doubt it.

Matthew 19:14 "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

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