They eek out a living by scavenging through the garbage and salvaging whatever can be sold as scrap or recyclable material. The average family earns about US$ 1 a day for this work — not enough to feed itself. There is even a local group — The Scavengers' Association — for the people who live here, part of the Philippines Homeless People's Federation. Even Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo couldn't portray poverty and destitution on this scale.
While you might think that your corner of the world is pretty clean, there are some places where people literally live and work in piles of garbage—and we're not talking about trained sanitation professionals. These people are just ordinary folks trying to make a living using the only resource they have: trash. It sounds disgusting, but what's gross is how your clutter-free life could be impacting the lives and overall health of these individuals.
Seeing these photos is heartbreaking, and it brings up several uncomfortable issues that the world has to deal with: pollution, water quality, and finding gainful employment for poor families like this one.These photos came to light just before World Water Day, which was celebrated around the world on March 22. This festival addresses water management and how it relates to health, ecology, industry, urban planning, and, well, everything. We wouldn't be here if not for water, and it's up to us to make sure that everyone, including this man and his son, has access to clean water.