2011 April

Shoe Distribution, La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

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La Chureca dump in Managua is a totally different ball game to La Joya in Granada. Originally it was the only dump we knew about in Nicaragua, having been notoriously one of the biggest inhabited landfill sites in Central America, until a recent intervention to close it by the Spanish Government. After our first visit, it became clear that distributing aid was going to be dangerous and filming it would probably be worse. Most NGOs warn people, and I always…

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Hygiene Kit Distribution Project, Granada, Nicaragua

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People often ask whether the scavengers on dumps sell the shoes Small Steps Project gives out. Every dump is different and sometimes people do have to sell them, especially if they are starving or need something else more desperately. To try and lessen this situation we talk to the people and ask them to name the things they need most urgently. Top of the list is usually food and water as well as essential cleaning items and mosquito nets, which…

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Other Small Steps in Granada, Nicaragua

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Small Steps is still based in Granada, Nicaragua, where our research into the La Joya dump and its scavenger communities has lead us to some other interesting projects. Casa Xalteva language school is a great Nicaraguan-run education project that provides Spanish lessons to foreigners which provides funding for English lessons and a day centre for street kids and scavengers. “Casa Xaltava helps with a variety of programmes to alleviate poverty in Nicaragua and social services for children.” For more info…

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