For the people of Cateura, Paraguay, living amongst piles of trash is a way of life. Their village is built on a landfill, and many spend their days sifting through the trash and sorting it in order to recycle and sell it. One innovative individual stumbled across the shell of a violin while rummaging in the garbage, and it struck a chord that inspired the idea for the Recycled Orchestra — an orchestra comprised of children who play musical instruments crafted from trash!
Favio Chavez, a technician who works inside the landfill, wanted to create something to inspire the children of the town and provide them with an artistic outlet. “People realize that we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly. Well, we shouldn’t throw away people either,” he says. To that end, Chavez began building instruments using items from the landfill, including oilcans and meat tenderizers.
The Recycled Orchestra has gained popularity throughout the village and it has begun touring throughout the world, sharing not only their beautiful music, but their inspirational message as well. You can show your support by donating to the Recycled Orchestra — and The Creative Visions Foundation is currently in the process of filming a documentary about the orchestra called Landfill Harmonic, which is due out in 2014.