Well this month we finally made it, and boy the phrase better late than never is most definitely applicable here. I am not even sure how to explain it, but basically, the people that live in this community are squatters, have built their homes out of government donated materials (in the past few years, the National Government has been giving out Zinc sheets which most of Nicaragua uses as roofs), and the families live off of $1 a day or less from materials found in the dump and then resold, or any other way they can make the money.
There is a school in Susuman, a three room primary school that was built from the salary of Sarahi's grandmother, as she is a teacher for the Ministry of Education, which at the time of my visit, had been closed down due to ownership disputes with a foreign missionary who had donated something or other and claimed it was then his/hers. But I got word a few days ago that the Ministry of Education was able to take it over, and now the school is up and running, saving the primary school kids a 5km walk to the next closest school.
|Sarahi, her Grandmother, and her mom|
|Kitchen at the Church to feed those kids who don't have enough at home|
|The Church and its Pastor!|
|Kids watching a baseball game in front of the Church|
|The Matagalpa Dump|
|The Dump under 42X Zoom|
|Little boy walking with the dump in the background|