I first made this page in the spring of 2012 as I was preparing and raising money for a missions trip. I did raise enough money and spent two weeks in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2012. You can find out more about the work of The Trash Mountain Project and their work in the Dominican Republic here.
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During the summer of 2012, two of my dreams came true. I was finally able to go on a long dreamed of mission trip. I went to the Dominican Republic to a place called Trash Mountain. Teaching English as a second language had also been a dream of mine for a long time. I was able to realize that dream as part of this trip. I taught students and teachers basic English.
The work of Trash Mountain Project continues. Every year, TMP hold's a children's camp, dental clinic and health clinic in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. TMP has also started working with a church in the Philippines that is overseeing work at one of hundreds of trash dumps on that small island.
WATCH this informative video, STAY, to find out a little more about the trash dump community in the Philippines.
What is a Trash Mountain Trip? It is a missions trip to the 3rd world country--Dominican Republic.
Is Trash Mountain a town? No, Trash Mountain is actually a huge hill of trash. In many 3rd World countries, trash is accumulated outside the city in one or more locations. Unlike in America, the trash is not buried or burned or recycled. Families actually live among the garbage in order to survive by scavenging for trash that the individual might be able to sell or personally use for themselves or for family members.
What are the hazards of living on a trash dump? A trash dump releases methane gas. The decaying trash does not provide a healthy environment for any adult or child to work in. But these families not only work here, they live on the mountain of trash or at the bottom of the hill.
Families survive by eating the food that others throw away. Dads gather broken items to use in their shacks made of almost any material that can be hammered together. Mom's gather clothing that has been thrown away so that their children will have something to wear.
The shacks are one room. This space is usually no bigger than what American's consider a small bedroom; about 8'X8' to 10'X10'. The room or "house" is used to sleep in usually on the dirt floor for most of them. The families cook and live outside of the "house." When it rains, water runs right through their homes turning the floors to mud unless the owners are lucky enough to have concrete or stone floors. Needless to say, disease is of the norm.
What are the health risks for these children? The health risks include: disease, infections (hookworms and others worms), respiratory problems, sexual abuse, drug abuse, gang violence, starvation, human trafficking and AIDS. These are the main health risks to children but there are minor illnesses like dysentery from unclean water, pale skin due to exposure to methane gas, and skin rashes just to name a few.
KIDS WITH A HOPE SCHOOL is a school for the children who live around the trash mountain. The school is supported by churches in the USA that work with The Trash Mountain Project.
During the summer of 2012, I had the pleasure of working with the teachers and volunteers at this K-8th grade school. The teens from the church that I attend did a summer school with the students at KWHS. As VBS was going on with the younger students, I was able to teach some basic English to the Dominican Republic teens and some of the teachers.
If a person knows English, even if it is broken English, s/he will have a better chance of getting a job in the city. A job in the city helps the teen make enough money to be able to help move the family off the trash mountain.
In 2013, the school started a vo-tech school for young adults 14 - 18 years of age. Prior to this vo-tech training, children who attended the KIDS WITH A HOPE SCHOOL would usually quit after 6th grade in order to help work on the trash mountain to help provide food for their families. Once this happens, these children usually spend their lives raising their own families on the trash dump.
Watch these videos and hear testimonies from the work that is being done through The Trash Mountain Project.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE to participate in a Trash Mountain Trip, find out more about it at The Trash Mountain Project. Please tell others about the opportunity to go on such a trip themselves. It doesn't matter what skill someone possess-- everyone can do something!
If you have a teen that is 13 years or older, I guarantee a trip like this will change their perspective about life forever!
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