The Managua based industrial company, Optima Industrial S.A., has began a program to offer the children of The ISWA Scholarship Programme beds that they have designed and constructed by recycling crate wood they receive from other product orders. The program will help more children currently sleeping on floors from the informal recycling community of La Chureca.
Owner, Jorge Sacasa Cross, and Project Manager, Daniela Aranda Cross, teamed with their carpenters to create a bunkbed and single twin bed prototype that they have used to lift three children on their floor in their home in Villa Guadalupe; just footsteps from where garbage is extracted from the dump to be resold.
During the removal of the old, damp, smelly mat where the three children were sleeping on together, a scorpion escaped from the mat. This made us realize another important reason these children should not be sleeping directly on the floor. Now Program Director, Timothy Bouldry, of The ISWA Scholarship Programme will be interviewing more families to find who is at most need for more beds like these.
To learn more about the program visit: www.ISWAkids.com
- Timothy Bouldry
Nele Van Impe visits the program and brings many positive changes. Here are a few to mention:
Three families find a new home! Four #ISWAkids were faced with a bad path after they lost their father. After he died, the kids were going back to the dump and not to school. The families were being violently harassed by neighbors and had to move for their safety. There was a lot of tension surrounding the father's death and the reason for it. They moved into a woman's house on a temporary basis. Then later, the family moved their shanty house on her property too. Most of their things had been stolen in the old houses and the pressure for them to leave the new property increased. Their were physical fights among them and the new neighbors who were also in gangs. During this time I was looking for a solution for them and had come across a few house rentals. As I was looking around Villa Guadalupe, part of the family was wandering on the street afraid to go back to their little home that they boarded up from intruders. Emotional, they told me that they had to leave that day, but the house rental I had was not ready until 5 days. So I really had to think of where I could house them until them. Gilma, a sweet 96 year old friend came to mind. Knowing that she lived in a large secure house alone, I thought maybe she would be kind enough to help this family in those five days. I told her it was 7 family members and some stuff. She agreed. When we got to the mountain where the family was squatting, it turned into 12 family members, all their stuff which seemed liked all parts of things found in the dump, the house that they broke down to bring with them, a horse, 4 dogs and a carriage. Gilma's heart was bigger then I knew, because she had a space for all of that!
Fortunately, after we moved them in, the other house rental was ready. So the next morning we moved again to their new home in Villa Guadalupe. In the end, it affected the son's house as well. While we were gone, he was robbed as well. So they lost their land, but were able to move the material of two homes with them. Thank you Nele for being with us during this difficult process. Now the kids are going to be going back to school because it is close by. Including one of the son's kids as well. As for the parents, La Chureca is currently restricted. People can only go from 1am-5am to work when the police are not guarding it. But for now, they have their own safe home.