As part of the Small Steps’ Project they aim to visit all the inhabited dump sites in the world, so to give you just a small idea about the amount of rubbish dumps that families live on I am having my own ‘Around the world in 80 dumps’. My aim is to make people aware of the poor conditions people on the dumps are living in by uploading videos about them and to make people see the big difference they can make to these lives.
DUMP ONE Varanasi, India:
These children are living very different lives to the thousands who walk past them everyday. People don’t care and this is the problem. Like most dumpsite children these kids are collecting recyclables to sell, making themselves and their families less than a dollar a day. Do YOU care for them?
DUMP TWO Rustenburg, South Africa:
This South African dump is just flat land covered in trash. Again people are searching through the trash, this time mostly teenaged boys. Maybe these boys are like Raphael, Gardo and Rat?
DUMP THREE Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
Daily life on the dumpsite consists of children, young adults, parents and elderly all searching for a living. It’s all they have, trash, other people’s trash. This is sure a strong reminder of what people really live with.
DUMP FOUR Manila, Philippines:
This video shows us a dump children’s school in the Philippines, just one example of what can happen when people get together and make a difference to the less fortunate.
DUMP FIVE Bantar Gebang, Indonesia
Young Ratna studies a map she found amongst the rubbish, while her brother, Basir separates the plastic he has collected at the Bantar Gebang landfill site, on January 26, 2010 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
DUMP SIX Ghazipur, Delhi
This dump site is two and a half hours from the centre of Delhi, it has been there for 22 years and is the dumping site for rubbish of all local businesses, hotels and residents. At any time there can be up to 500 people working there (approx 100 of them children). These families live in slums at the bottom of the rubbish site which towers over them at the estimated height of a three story building. See more about this dumpsite here: Delhi Dumpsite
DUMP SEVEN La Joya: Granada, Nicaragua
There is very little information on the dumpsite of La Joya (The Jewel) on the outskirts of Granada. It is situated 4km from the picturesque tourist hotspot and is believed to cover 3km². Worryingly, it is thought to be sited on top of the town’s natural aquifer system.
DUMP EIGHT Silhanoukville Dump, Cambodia
Silhanoukville Dump is 15km from the seaside city of Silhanoukville in isolated countryside. It is thought that there are two small communities, one of forty families and over one hundred and fifty children and the other fifteen families and approximately fifty children. Some of the children from these communities are being looked after at a missions school but still families are struggling.
DUMP NINE Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Hundreds of people live on the Santo Domingo dumpsite, alot of which are just teenagers. They have received some help from a small Christian NGO. However, there is not much infomation about this dumpsite.
DUMP TEN Sana’a, Yemen
The dump is just outside the city attracting thousands of people due to humanitarian crisis. At least 400 families are currently living on the dump in makeshift huts, with none of the life necessities. One in five of the children are malnourished, one third underweight and over half have stunted growth. UNICEF has raised $2.9 million of the $5.4 million needed to respond to the crisis in the area.