El Limonal is in an area, locally known as “The Triangle of Death”, between the garbage dump, a cemetery, and a leaky sewage treatment plant.
The community evolved in the wake of the 1998 Hurricane Mitch when thousands of people were temporarily relocated to the margins of the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua.
Almost two decades have passed, and the community still remains at the dump.
This is the story of life here. It’s one of daily hardships, fears, and yet somehow still dreams, happiness and hope.
The people of this community make their living by working in the garbage dump, scrounging for whatever recyclables they can find to sell.
The average day’s income is about $1 to $2, which they primarily use for food; mainly rice, beans and onions.
As of December of 2015, 21 families have started the process of upgrading from tin shacks, to cinder block homes. This is being made possible through a program by the government of Nicaragua, and fundraising done by the Global Solidarity Group.
There are many families living in El Limonal. 21 homes is just a start, and we are grateful for any and all donations.
Kids in El Limonal are tasked with work activities at young ages to help support the family. But, these kids are just like other kids from anywhere!
They love their families and want to be with them. They love to play. They want to make their families proud. They have dreams of growing up to do well by their community. They deserve a safe, secure and nurturing environment in which to grow up. Meet the kids of El Limonal here.
The kids at El Limonal are mostly just like kids anywhere: they love their families, they love to learn and play and they have dreams for the future.
Like all kids, they are deserving off a safe, secure and nurturing environment.
But, at El Limonal , the kids’ security is undermined by poverty. Many kids at El Limonal are malnourished.
Many kids work in the garbage dump to earn survive. Many kids do not attend school full time.