|Some of the living accommodations they have created|
|Fishing in the polluted water|
|Just a little child in all of this!|
|Her parents sent her from Burma to live with an aunt and work in the dump!|
- Children as young as 5 or 6 may be seen working in this garbage dump. Age 8 may be a more realistic average beginning age. Of course, all the monies earned by the children go back to the family.
- At one point an infant perished from mal-nutrition. Fred was out of the country at the time and the family didn’t know who to contact for food. As he told me this story, you could see the pain building up in his face.
- Care has to be given not to give money to adult men who have a tendency to drink or gamble. I can only imagine how difficult living in the dump must be and what a temptation it would be to squander money on relaxation such as drink or sport.
- One of Fred’s main efforts is the training of the children to be self-sufficient. In one instance he’s training a girl to be in charge of a small supply store where she will tend to the needs of the community.
- He has implemented a clean water project which has greatly reduced the incidence of disease. While I was there, one of the water tanks collapsed and was destroyed. This is a setback that he will use as a teaching opportunity.
- Fred tutor’s the children in English and encourages their families to allow the little ones to attend school. (Although they are not legally in the country, there are opportunities for education, but that’s another story).