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From 64 to 0 children on Takhmao dump.

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Returning to Takhmao Dump, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with photographer Joost Vandebrug was the first time I have seen a totally childfree dump. Joost looked around and exclaimed ‘but there are no kids to shoot’. He was right, and it was because our project has gotten all the children off the dump and into nursery or school. I have never felt so happy and proud on a rubbish dump before. Mey, our Cambodian project director, and I walked round…

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Romania Dump Update

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Six months ago we opened a Mother & Baby Unit and Nursery, 200 hundred meters from Pata Rat Dump in Cluj. We also started a feeding programme, emergency medical intervention and support, as well as reintegration (into school) for older children. Our visit to the project last week gave us a great feeling of hope, having seen such dramatic changes in what initially felt like a hopeless situation. These outstanding improvements are clearly down to our incredible Romanian team and…

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Romania: Steps off the Dump for Children, Mothers and Babies

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We recently returned to Cluj in Romania, to see how things were progressing with our new project at Pata Rat dump. We were pleased to see steps being taken towards some great changes for the children on the dump. As it was Spring the environment was very different to the snow capped, knee high mud we had seen back in February. Though the dump itself was still as big and awful as ever, stinking and smoking, the surrounding areas were…

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Pata Rat Dump – Next Steps for Sustainable Solutions

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Co ordinating projects on the ground in Romania has been one of the most difficult challenges we have had setting up projects. Due to the wide spread discrimination against the Roma community, who have been forced to live there, it has been hard to find organsiations that want to work with the community and in such a terrible environment. Pata Rat dump is probably the worst dump that we have encountered, in five years working on inhabited rubbish dumps all…

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Pata Rat Dump in the Media

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Last summer Small Steps Project started working on Pata Rat dump in Cluj, Transylvania, Romania. We delivered emergency aid and over 1000 pairs of boots, socks and gloves to the community living on and around the rubbish dump with the help of local NGO Pro Rroma. Recently it has featured in the UK media, with very different views, so we thought we might take this opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about Roma people, specifically those living in freezing inhumane conditions…

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Laos dump project

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the rubbish dump in Laos.  SSP had heard of it’s existence and had been planning on delivering a shoe distribution there for some time.  Then we heard that a fantastic organisation called Friends International (who we had worked with previously in Siem Reap) already had an outreach programme there.  I was keen to see what they were doing as outreach has been a big part of SSP’s phase two projects over the last…

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Small Steps Project Goes To Romania

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My name is Hannah Hughes and I have now been a part of Small Steps Project for 3 years. In that time I have worked assisting projects with the CEO and founder of the charity, Amy Hanson, in Nicaragua, Cambodia and Timor Leste.  I have also done research in Central America and visited dumps in Honduras and Guatemala.  I first got involved with the charity because I had seen people living in abject poverty around the world and wanted to…

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Romania Boot Distribution, Pata Rat Dump, Cluj

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After seeing the dire situation of the people living at Pata Rat dump and of those living in the neighbouring camp called Dallas, we went back to hand out the boots, gloves and socks to everybody there. Distribution Day 1 We returned to Dallas, a camp of 800 people adjacent to the dump, with Bert, the Director of Pro Rroma, our collaborating partner to sort the boots. We had our work cut out with over 1000 pairs of boots to…

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Dump Outreach Project Update, Sihanoukville Cambodia

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It has been almost a year since we decided to start an outreach project on the Sihanioukville Dump and six months since the project started running.  In January we went over to Sihanoukville to set up the outreach project with our in-country partner project LUC as well as creating the Small Steps Nursery for the younger dump children to attend. We were able to start funding more sustainable projects where we actually get children off the dumps thanks to the…

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Glastonbury, Celebrities and Rubbish Dumps- what’s the connection?

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You might have noticed that we have just launched the 2013 London Celebrity Shoe Auction! However it was Glastonbury that really launched it. This year Small Steps Project was invited to Glastonbury Festival 2013 and was able to request shoes from some of the biggest artists performing: from Rita Ora who donated her wellies to Professor Green who donated the red Puma trainers he performed in.  Jake Bugg also sent the Adidas trainers he performed in, not only at Glasto but…

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