The Landfills of Central America - Stephen Denton Photography - Los Angeles, CA / Phoenix, AZ Commercial Photographer
The Landfills of Central America
The Landfills of Central America is a series that documents citizens of Managua, Nicaragua and Guatemala City, Guatemala in their typical workday environment. Working with International Samaritan, I documented the resilient and hard working individuals who spend their days working in the landfills and navigating the unique hierarchy of the waste distribution market in Central America. Most people work seven days a week, in exceptionally dangerous and unsanitary conditions to try and support their families. Facing unpredictable landfill collapses, the risk of infection, disease, and toxic air conditions, these individuals are risking their lives every day while they work in the landfill.
Most families who work in the landfills can’t afford to send their children to school. The average pay per day for working in the landfills is about five dollars. With wages so low, most children aren’t able to go to school and start working the landfills with their parents at a very young age. Through scholarship programs, International Samaritan is attempting to get more children out of the landfills and into a classroom. With donations and volunteer work dedicated to helping families who work and live in the landfills, International Samaritan is helping more children get a proper education and providing them with hope of a better future.