from Cateura, Paraguay, a slum built on a landfill!
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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Thanks to Chloe at Mylifemylogic for sharing this wonderful story!