People living in Garbage
Christ In the Garbage Ministries (CIGM)
is MSC’s outreach programÂ specifically for communities who liveÂ in local garbage dumps inÂ Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
CIGM Dominican Republic
In 2003, MSC Dominican Republic became aware of a community of people living in the local garbage dump covering 13 acres called La Union inÂ Sosua, just within a few miles of the MSC home in Puerto Plata. After learningÂ that another local organization was discontinuing their feeding program, MSC felt compelledÂ to step in and continue it. After a few years of offering bi-monthly food packages, MSC openedÂ an elementary school in 2008, free of charge, for the children of La Union to learn to read and write, most of whom wereÂ Haitian refugees who did not speak Spanish so were previouslyÂ unable to attend school. The school inÂ Batey, La Union, had over 40 students who attended â€“ ranging in age 4 to 14 years old, and was based on the local public school elementary program which taught three subjects: Spanish, Mathematics, and Faith Studies. The students attended schoolÂ in two shifts and each shift was provided with a meal.
The Sosua landfill was sold to a private company in July 2016, eliminating MSC’s access to serve theÂ communities who historically subsided on the dump. WeÂ continue our commitment to uplifting entire communities, and will evaluate how best to serve this area in the face of change.
In 2004, CIGM Nicaragua began by periodically delivering food packages to families who lived at the main city landfill in Managua, formerly known as La Chureca, which coveredÂ 38 acres. La Chureca was home to an extremely impoverished community,Â of approximately 1,500 people consisting ofÂ many single mothers and children, who made their living fromÂ the refuse.
CIGM Nicaragua is now focused on helping women learn a marketable skill by way of a Resource Center. The free vocational training program began in 2006 as a sewing center andÂ now offers classes in baking, English, and Mathematics. As many as 20 women at a time take courses in the various specialties offered, and childcare services are provided while mothers attend classes. We alsoÂ continue to provide monthly food packages for the families and community members of greatest need in the area.