Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The garbage dump

This is Angela. I met her at the garbage dump today in San Pedro Sula. She's 10. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. she works with her mother and two brothers picking out plastic bottles to resell. Her family makes about $2 US a day doing this. She said she does it so they can save money to buy food. I asked her if she could have one thing, what would it be?

She shyly said she'd like "ropa" clothing, so she could change her clothes and have pretty clothes. Angela was wearing her only real clothing... a dirty shirt and shorts that she wears to work in the dump.

This morning we visited an orphanage and met a 10-year-old boy whose mother told him she hated him and wished he was a girl. SHe used to whip him with an electrical cord and once made him hold a live wire in his palm. He still has the burn mark on his palm.

The kids, always the kids, you just want to scoop them up and hold them and make it all go away for them. All of it...


Toni Lea Andrews said...

Aaaaargh. I'd go crazy, unable to help everyone all at once. Bless you.

Bonnie Vanak said...

It gets to be challenging, Toni. Then again, I think I was crazy BEFORE I started this kind of work, lol.

Congrats on your MIRA release this fall! Hope it does smashing!

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