Updated: May 24, 2019
La Chureca is a garbage dump that hundreds of families call home. La Chureca was named one of the '7 Horrors of the World' and if that is not a detailed enough description, one might say it truly looks like the mouth of hell. This is a place where only vultures should inhabit. Every time I visit La Chureca, it is hard for me to write about. Why? Well, because there is no way I could ever accurately explain this place. Honestly, you can't hardly even grasp the reality of it when you are standing in the middle of it, let alone, just seeing a glimpse of it though a picture and some words. It's so horrific that your mind can't grasp that what you are seeing isn't an over dramatized scene from a movie. Needless to say, it's simply depressing to think about. I don't want to think about it because then I actually have to acknowledge that it exists. As I stood in the middle of this Landfill, looking at the houses made of scrap metal, no electricity, no running water, dirt floors, watching kids run around barefoot, the men & woman pillaging around in the waste of others just to find anything for survival; I was speechless. Literally, there are not words you can say... We consume ourselves with things we want, let money dictate our own or others self worth. We rationalize that human suffrage isn't affecting 'me' directly, so therefore why should I care. Have you ever really stopped to think about how big the world is? To date, there are 7.4 billion people and about 70% of the earth is covered by water. We are seriously like ants when it comes to the big picture of reality. It has left me thinking this; my life is not worth any more than one of these precious children covered in filth and destined for a future of unbearable hardship. I can't change the future for the entire world, but I can change my outlook on how I want to leave the world. Together, we can put up a pretty big fight to combat childhood hunger and the cycle of generational poverty. We are all human. The human race is all the same. There are no borders, colors or variables when it comes to humanity. We all have the same basic needs, emotions & blood pumping through our veins. You can chose to find your passion, make a difference, leave a legacy or you can chose to turn a blind eye to everything outside of your fish bowl life. You can chose to make a difference. Find your passion & pursue it - whatever that may be! When you choose to peruse your passion it comes with a raving long list of things to beam about, but It can also come with many things that haunt you and keep you up at night. There are certain things in life that you can't unsee. Those things change you. They make you quiet in a room full of people. You don't think the same. You don't speak the same. You don't interact with people the same anymore. They silence you and consume your thoughts. They touch the inner most part of your soul and test every bit of your strength. They break you and build you at the same time. - You will never be the same again. If nothing else, I hope to give a voice to the voiceless. The forgotten. The untouchable. These are their stories. They will not be forgotten.