Extreme poverty for the people in these villages is not caused by laziness, but instead is a circumstance of latitude and longitude. The poor of the world are decent, hardworking people who have been oppressed by corrupt governments that place insurmountable hurdles at every turn, and have been born into an area that is fragile and forgotten. We can’t change their byproducts of where these individuals were born, but with your help we can do something about the injustice they face and ease their burdens with providing them with simple lifeline needs.
The Big Picture Project is headed on another journey beginning on Valentine’s Day weekend, 2015 to the home of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest of the poor. They are headed to – La Chureca :The Dump. The city dump in Ciudad Sandino Nicaragua is where people’s waste, garbage, filth get taken every day. But it’s also where hundreds of individuals call home. A few hundred people live in this dump in shanties made of salvaged cardboard and plastic . Some live in the trash amongst the waste and sewage. Each day individuals of all ages – including children – go to the dump to salvage plastic bottles and recyclables in the hopes to obtain money, but most often they are left to obtain meals from the discarded waste – sometimes not eating at all. They will be partnering with a women’s ministry currently assisting in the dump to raise money for a feeding station to be able to feed the countless number of children and adults that currently are starving. The project will have 4 individuals who call the dump home participate in Project 2: The FOCUS ON LOVE project – giving them cameras to use for the first time and assist them in capturing their lives and sharing their story. Do not be deceived by the hardships they face – these people are filled with a multitude of hope and kindness! And they will have a magnificent story to tell that will give the gift of perspective to us back home. For the individuals who have seen harder times and are less optimistic, hope begins with a meal. With your help, we will help provide that. You’ll be giving them the gift of nourishment to their bodies, but they will give you nourishment to your soul, as you see first hand how who we are transcends our circumstances. Who we are is in our spirit not only to survive, but to live.
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