Support for Los Quinchos in La Chuerca

Since 2007 the Campaign has raised over £20,000 to support the Los Quinchos Children’s Centre in La Chuerca. La Chureca is the biggest rubbish dump in Latin America. Over 800 people work there, over 3,000 people make their living on the dump.

The money raised has supported seven workers in the Centre. Our partner organisation, the US ProNica, provides funding for meals for the 45 to 75 children who attend the Centre daily.

Over the past year the Spanish Government is spending $25 million on capping the dump, providing new houses, and re-training. But on our visit a week ago, there was still no sign of the houses. The promised jobs will also be hard to deliver. The people who work on the dump have many, many problems, and few will have experienced an 8 til 5 job.

We will be continuing our support for another year. Times are tough, so it is increasingly difficult to raise money. So any support you can give would be appreciated. We will shortly have a facility to donate online, but you can also send cheques, to “Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign”, Ty Iorwerth, Ffordd y Sir, Penygroes, Gwynedd LL54 6ES. We also have monitoring reports available for the work – contact benica@gn.apc.org.

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