“The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”
So begins the heartwarming story of a Paraguyan barrio built upon a landfill. In a slum consumed by poverty and the world’s waste, there were few resources or hope for the future. Looking to provide their children with a better life, this creative community of trash pickers came together to craft instruments out of materials they had close at hand — garbage. The result is a cello made from oil cans and violins crafted from scavenged wood. This inspiring and dynamic youth orchestra — called the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra — has attracted the attention of the world, and for good reason: they’ve found music, against the odds.
To learn more about this inspiring movement, check out Landfill Harmonic Orchestra on Facebook.