If this story doesn’t make your heart sing, nothing will. The ultimate “When you are given lemons, make lemonade” story.
Cateura is located on the outskirts of Asuncion in Paraguay, and is a community formed around the landfill. The people here live in a garbage dump. Most people here make their living by selling plastic bottles or anything they can recycle from garbage. There is trash everywhere, and poverty and lack of education are a bad combination for the future of its inhabitants – mainly children and young people who are prone to delinquency and drugs.
But for the past six years, a light of hope has been shining in Cateura through music.
It’s the Recycled Orchestra. It got that name because all the instruments these kids play are made with materials found in the trash. Old water pipes become saxophones. Forks, knives, spoons and coins become the keys. Cans and bake trays are used to make violins, and percussion drums are made with X-rays and wooden pallets or trash cans.
In recent years, The Recycled Orchestra has been invited to perform concerts worldwide. It has received awards from the Royal Crowns of the Netherlands and Spain. Favio Chávez and the children of Cateura have given lectures at the famous TED conferences, and they are inspiring millions.
Take a look at the video. Beautiful.