Kenya - Eldoret Dump – Living and Working in Poverty
Sarah, at Atnas Kandie Primary School. Sarah was lucky enough to find a sponsor to pay her admission fees and cover her uniform and books – barriers that prohibit many of Kenya’s poorest children from attending the country’s free primary schools. Thanks to the charity Marys Meals she also gets school meal, hugely important when Sarah’s mother is so poor they are often made homeless while saving for the rent. When she is not at school she works on the dumps collecting rubbish for the family to survive.
Making a living from collecting rubbish in Eldoret is no easy job; disease, injury, substance abuse and even the threat of violence is an everyday reality for the people who live and work at the dump. It’s especially hard for the mothers and their children forced through poverty to scrape a living of around $1 dollar a day.