Photographs were taken at the Guatemala City Dump community. Approximately 30,000 squatters live along the dump perimeter, one of Central America’s most toxic sites. The majority were displaced as a result of the 36 year civil war. About 4000 of these scavenge to make a living by recycling personal items, copper wire, plastic, glass, metal, and a source of food. Malnutrition, inadequate housing and unsafe living conditions, single parent family structure, lack of education and empowerment, gang membership, alcoholism, drug use and family abandonment contribute to the cycle of ongoing poverty, crime and abuse in the community. Potter’s House, known as Casa del Alfarero, has been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of community members by partnering with local churches and churches abroad, providing children’s sponsorships, education and a good meal for upwards of 200 children, building safe dwelling quarters, establishing men and women’s support groups to encourage family unity and community involvement, and providing limited healthcare and a temporary source of income for local builders and security personnel.
Potter's House Guatemala,
Church of the Saviour, Wayne, PA
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Guatemala’s Garbage Dump Education System
by GRETCHEN KROTH