Tribal violence in Kenya has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Some find new homes, some live in refugee camps, and some, literally, live in dumps. 200 people live in the Kioto dump outside Nakuru. Children fight with pigs, goats, dogs and giant Marabou storks for discarded food. Trash burns all day and all night as adults and children alike sit among the toxic fumes. Many of the adults turn to alcohol and leave the children to fend for themselves.
As hopeless as this situation seems, there are inspirational stories in the dump community. Some people are helping themselves - a woman named Lucy makes and sells handbags made from discarded trash bags. Some people are receiving help from organizations around the world - a community elder sits on a new mattress provided by Live Oak Community Church and over the next few months Paul and Donna Tocco will provide women and children in the dump with rubber boots and a tank for clean water.
After the incredible highs of opening a new school in Kilgoris and watching Kenyan kids start learning with a Kindle, the sights and smells of the Kioto dump were almost too much to bear. This is truly the most difficult thing I have ever photographed. I am in awe of people like Paul and Donna Tocco who give their lives to helping these people day in and day out.
If you would like to help provide shoes, clean water, and hope to this community you can donate via PayPal. Just click on the link below and type "Tocco #18 - Dump" in the memo line. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are provided by World Missions & Evangelism. I would encourage you to email this link around to friends and family as well - this is a community that needs all the help it can get.