11,000 people (6,400 children) are divided into 16 communities surrounding the garbage dump. The scavengers have been working in the dump for 3 generations and the cycle of poverty only seems to get worse. Families make around $3 for a 12 hour work day and families of 6 can barely survive each day.
The family’s socio-economic situation demands that children put paper and pencil aside and work. A child contributes an average of 30% to the family’s annual income. Parents force children to work in the streets. Many children work 17 hours a day as street vendors, shoe shiners, car washers or simply as beggars. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
In its beginnings Potter’s House figured that providing for the scavengers’ physical needs was the solution to the problem at hand. As the years went by and we became closer to the community we became more aware of the deeper needs- education, health, and most importantly spiritual needs. After many years of service and much study and prayer the Lord has lead Potter’s House to identify “the 8 forms of poverty”. All these can be observed among the scavengers and as the years go by and a new generation emerges the cycle is more difficult to break.
Follow the menu to the right to learn more about each of these forms of poverty and watch a testimony through a video.
Irma's Documentary - Short Version
Irma's Documentary - Long Version