Over 8 years I've had the honor of being taken into a storyline that has forever changed my life. I was invited to walk with the families of a place then named La Chureca, a masssive unregulated trash dump that was home to thousands. It was a place of work and survival in a country hosting over a 70% unemployment rate and the unfortunate stat of being the poorest nation in Central and South America. Children played barefoot amongst the burning refuge, stepping over needles discarded from medical waste while their parents worked endless hours rummaging through trash.
I met Wendy in front of her families make shift home. The walls and roof were made of materials salvaged from the dump, it's contents the same. She was open armed and welcomed me into her world. Through the eyes of a then five year old, Wendy guided me through the flames of La Chureca and the realities of extreme global poverty. She has had a strength I've never never understood but always watched in awe. She has guided my lens, my heart and my life since that day.
Over the years Wendy and her younger brothers have faced starvation, multiple levels of outside dangers and basic survival. They have moved into multiple make shift homes and eventually a government relocation into a settlement community. At this time their mother is alone in charge of care for 5 children.
I am in. My life and my lens have been and always will be in pursuit of changing these kids life until they are moaning over what to do on their day off like the rest of us. As part of that pursuit I'm throwing myself at you in anyway I can to help me get them through another year of school, another year of books and another year of helping mom get some food in their tummies so they can all concentrate on this major task at hand. They need your help.