In the Garbage Village I found my Advent story. "When Jesus comes to a place, it changes the whole society," said Father Samaan, priest of the St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt. And so it does.
Waste pickers are the backbone of recycling in developing countries, but they're finding themselves left out in the cold as cities strive to become "world class" and hand waste collection over to private companies.
Garbage Dreams follows teenagers whose methods of trash-gathering yield much better recycling rates than Western methods. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has now awarded the NGO profiled in Garbage Dreams a $1 million grant.