Welcome to The Dump
La Chureca crouches just beyond Nicaragua's capital, Managua. With the 1,000 people who live in the dump, digging through trash to salvage any type of metal or recyclable in exchange for money, it doesn’t run like a democracy or even a form remotely close to any government sanctioned area. In many ways for a long time, it ran as a brothel. Families utterly desperate to survive resorted to selling whatever they could for first picking in the garbage, even their daughters.
No, this is not your typical place to vacation. In fact, it's not your typical place to even put on a bucket list or 1,000 places to see before you die.
Yet there is something about La Chureca that keeps people coming back year after year. It was like that for me, when I first visited with a volunteer group to help with La Chureca's school and their young scholars.
My team had partnered with a couple who, with the help of others, was able to build and sustain a village of hope for young girls at risk of prostitution in La Chureca.
(Photo: Courtesy of Mason Schroeder)