Child Orchestra Performs With Instruments Made Of Trash

Kids in Paraguay learn to play music using repurposed trash from surrounding landfills.

In a town that is built on a landfill, where life seems to revolve around the trash that is hauled in daily, the children of Cateura, Paraguay are providing the world with a little perspective, and a lot of hope.

The ‘Recycled Orchestra’ is an orchestra of schoolchildren in Paraguay who perform on instruments created from the trash piled in the landfill around them. With most of the residents of Cateura working at the landfill, including many of the children, there was little else that the town could offer the young people. Favio Chavez, an ecological technician at the site, wanted to change that by providing something more for the children.

Chavez started building an escape from the trash — designing and constructing instruments, including violins and cellos among others, to provide the children with a musical outlet. They began practicing, and with instruction, they have turned themselves into the ‘Recycled Orchestra.’

The Orchestra, which has become highly popular among the town’s students, is now beginning to take tours around their country and the world, spreading music and inspiration. Music has become an integral part of the lives of these young people, all thanks to an industrious landfill technician.

Landfill Harmonic is a documentary about this remarkable story, expected out in 2014. The film aims to not only inject hope into the audience, but also inspire change and real solutions for poverty, waste management, and other societal issues worldwide.

Check out the clip below that highlights the documentary. You can also join the cause by donating and checking out their Facebook page.

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