These Poor South American Children Turn Trash Into Beautiful Music

People are inherently inventive and ingenious, especially in very poor countries where such traits are a necessity.

In countries where people are extremely poor and have nothing, necessity becomes the mother of invention.

In Cateura, Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in all of Latin America, musical instruments are worth more than the houses, but that hasn’t stopped the people of this town.

The town is built on a landfill, which the people live on and from. The people ferret through the trash to find anything of value they can use. Studies show that even living near a landfill increases the risk of health problems, such as cancer, immune system dysfunction, and birth defects, from all the toxins in the waste.

Only 60 percent of the children here ever finish school, because many children need to help support their families. When not working, these children play in this toxic environment.

This disturbed Favio Chávez, a musician and environmental engineer, and he wanted to develop a way to keep out of such an environment. He joined a garbage scavenger named Don “Cola” Gomez to create something better for the kids.

So Gomez began making musical instruments out of landfill trash, even though he knew nothing about classical instruments, and in the process created the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra.

The results for the children have been amazing, and their story has now been heard and seen around the world. So watch this inspiring story and give thanks for all the important things you do have, rather than complaining about all the unimportant things you don’t have.



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