Yesterday Marc Tindall, myself and a few others went to the Tegucigalpa dump to spend part of the day working in the dump. We were hoping to get a small glimpse of what the life of the dump person would be like.
We spent our part of the day helping a young 22-year-old single mom named Lourdes. She works in the dump to support her baby, her handicapped sister and mother.
When a trash truck would come into the dump, we would position ourselves at the back of the truck. The idea was to be some of the first to get to rip through the “new” garbage to seek anything that could be recycled. We dug for bottles, cans, cardboard, plastics, etc. Once our bag of recyclable trash was full, we’d take it back to Lourdes’ little area of the dump and sort what we had collected and wait for the next truck to come.
By the time we worked just the second truck, we were covered in such slime and filth that it was hard to pick things up without them slipping from our hands.
I had such a big swing of emotions yesterday. I was excited to get there and go to work, but that quickly changed to disgust when digging through the trash. The hardest emotion to hit was pure, old-fashioned sadness and despair. It was impossible to hold back the tears thinking that no 22-year-old single mother should ever have to work in a dump to earn a few dollars a day to support her family. It was a glimpse into her world I didn’t like one bit.
We left the dump long before Lourdes did. We went to a little village, washed up and ditched our nasty, ruined clothes. We was officially done with our day at the dump, but not Lourdes. Sometime later that day she would walk 2 miles back to her home and change her clothes … but she’s not done. In the morning she’ll put those same nasty, stinking, filthy clothes back on and go do it all again. THAT breaks my heart.
One of the high points of the day was at lunchtime; the Dump Day food truck came and fed the workers at the dump … and brought them fresh water to drink. I enjoyed getting to climb in the back of the truck and help fill bowls of beans and rice. Thank you for your continued support of Honduras Hope and the ministry at the dump.
Dump Day 2012 is coming up in three short weeks on May 2nd. For this ministry to continue, we must raise the funds for the year on May 2nd. I hope you’ll consider making a donation then.
A big thanks to Marc for setting it all up. Also thanks to Erik, Melissa, Christina and James for their part.
More later …