Last year we told you about the Recycled Orchestra, comprised of a group of children who play instruments that are made out of trash. The children of Cateura, Paraguay live on a landfill, hence they are surrounded by garbage. But in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, one local named Favio Chavez decided to start crafting instruments out of the rubbish, so the children living in the slum could play music. Chavez became the orchestra’s director and he offers the poignant statement, “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” Now the Recycled Orchestra has gone viral on Youtube, with nearly 1 million views and they have started a Kickstarter campaign to help the project gain funding to complete their documentary.
The film, entitled Landfill Harmonic, will help bring attention to two important issues: waste pollution and poverty. The orchestra has gained so much attention that it has also inspired a few similar projects around the world. People can donate old instruments for children in Haiti or Kenya in addition to sending them to the Orchestra. The Landfill Harmonic Kickstarter campaign has already reached nearly $60,000, but that’s only 1/3 of their ultimate goal, so head over to their Kickstarter page and help them out!