Life is tough for the 250 children who work daily on the rubbish dump for as little as $1 per day.
It is dangerous work and we still miss 7-year-old Kevin who died earlier this year when he was dragged under a rubbish truck.
For many children each day starts at 6am when they get up and prepare for their day on the dump. Soon after 7am they have climbed the hill to the top of the vast mountain of rubbish and work unrelentingly under the blistering sun until it begins to get dark.
There is not just danger on the dump from rubbish trucks, buldozers, broken glass and all manner of chemicals and waste products, there is a major problem of child abuse, child prostitution, drug abuse and where children just seem to "disappear"!
Street Kids Direct has been working with our Honduran partner, AFE, for over 10 years. During this time we have seen the number of children on the dump decrease mainly due to the school we have helped build for them. The AFE school is situated literally across the road from the rubbish dump and now educates and feeds up to 160 children a day.
This year we had the joy of seeing our first group of 8 students graduate from the AFE School and begin college and university. One of the boys who started university this year used to spend every day on the dump and his only dream was to be the driver of one of the rubbish trucks. He is now studying to be an engineer.
Thank you for your support of our work, it makes so much difference.