Music From A Trash Heap | LandFill Harmonic Recycles Trash Into Instruments; Brings Hope To Impoverished Children

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Hope Springs From A Trash Heap: These young musicians come
from Cateura, Paraguay, a slum built on a landfill!

The 2500 families who live there survive by separating
garbage for recycling. A 2010 UNICEF report about this slum notes that
more than 1500 tons of solid waste arrives each day. Illiteracy is rampant,
and Cateura's youngest inhabitants are often the ones responsible
for collecting and reselling the garbage.

The water supply is very dangerously polluted; on rainy days,
the town floods with contaminated water. 

 "A violin is worth more than a house here,"
says Favio Chavez, the orchestra's director and founder.

In the midst of such an existence, these musicians have created
something both special and truly awe-inspiring.

"My life would be worthless without music." says one girl.
A young man named Juan Manuel Chavez, nicknamed Bebi,
has a cello fashioned out of an oil can and old cooking tools.
For the camera, he plays the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite No. 1...

and he does so quite beautifully!

Be sure to view the above video! 
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You can read the full story at NPR Music.

If you'd like to help fund this project and help the film's production, please go to:

http://www.creativevisions.org/get-involved/cap/landfill-harmonic

All donations will go towards the production of Landfill Harmonic. 
Thanks again to everyone for their support.

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2 comments

  1. The garbage product instruments are very... unique. I find it astounding that these children are able to play on them.

    -Land Source Container Service, Inc.

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  2. Hi Container Rental NYC! Thanks for your comment! - Apologies for the delayed reply: but agreed! It is astonishing to be able to play and so well, on these makeshift instruments so ingeiously made from recycled trash! I wonder if it makes you look at the trash you collect just a bit differently...?

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