As a child, Annyi Abigail Ramos would often skip school in order to sift through garbage. She could help feed and clothe her family with the few coins she made selling collected scraps of plastic and aluminum. Now, at 16, Annyi looks forward to helping her loved ones even more, thanks to training as a computer technician.
With support from International Samaritan and its partner, RETE, in Honduras, Annyi and 40 other former child scavengers recently graduated after a year of study at the Honduras Korea Technical Training Center as graphic designers, beauty stylists, computer technicians, and mechanics. Students received school supplies, uniforms, and medical assistance, as well as encouragement from counselors in their community. By learning a trade, these young people hope to leave the impoverished life of garbage dump dwelling and build a better future.
Hundreds more children work each day at the dump, scavenging for sellable items. But International Samaritan, its partners, and the Municipality of San Pedro Sula are working to get more of them into the classroom.
“Learning a trade will lead these students to better jobs,” said Reiniery Laitano, Social Action Chief Superintendent. “With technical degrees, they now have hope of leaving the scavenging life once and for all.”