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Sherry C 04-15-2013 05:34 PM

Awesome project for kids to make music
Hi friends,

This one is a bit off the beaten path.

"Landfillharmonic" is a story about some guys who are reusing (not really recycling) trash to make instruments for kids (you read that correctly if you said "huh?"). You've got to see the instruments and hear the music to believe what these folks have done - it's amazing.

Catuera, Paraguay is a poor village located virtually on top of a landfill). 1500 pounds of trash are dumped there daily and there are 2500 families living right next to it. Because of the poverty in the village, many of the children work at the landfill as "recyclers" instead of attending school. A technician at the landfill, Favio Chavez found this situation depressing and he decided to use his personal instruments to teach some of the children music. He quickly ran out of instruments, so he enlisted Nicolas (Cola) Gomez to make some from the trash in the landfill.

These two amazing men have changed the lives of many of the children of Catuera. "Landfillharmonic" is an effort to spread the word about their story, and raise some funds (and instruments) to help them enrich the lives of the children of Catuera with music that they can make.

You can find out more about the project, and how to help out, at


dj 04-16-2013 10:24 AM

Re: Awesome project for kids to make music
And I feel hard done by because I can't afford the latest Yamakorgamoogaha Belchfire 6000 synth!

Thanks for the perspective!


Sherry C 04-16-2013 02:12 PM

Re: Awesome project for kids to make music
Hi David,

I was amazed at how good these instruments sounded. Obviously a lot of care has gone into the making of them. And the intensity that these kids showed when playing them - absolutely riveting! Makes me very thankful for what I have, and inspires me to play more with what I have.


JaneLewis 04-21-2013 08:44 PM

Re: Awesome project for kids to make music
Hi Sherry

The video in this link is amazing - thank you.

Great skill must be needed to produce instruments that give such surprisingly good sound from so much junk.

It makes one realise just how lucky so many of us are and puts things in a different perspective.


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