East Troy church aims for awareness

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Staff | August 21, 2013

It is reported by the United Nations environmental program that every year, consumers in rich countries waste 222 million metric tons of food. That's the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa.

Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.

Plastic bags, rubber tires and motor oil are other high-volume waste items.

East Troy's Good Earth Church of the Divine is paying attention to this garbage. Its faith community does not like the fact that the planet is being blanketed by garbage created by consumerism.

While rich countries throw away so much food, children in the Guatemala City garbage dump are born and raised, picking trash for a living. They are among the poorest of the poor. They live at the city's garbage dump, which is the largest, most toxic dump in Central America, filled with all kinds of nasty stuff.

To raise awareness of the plight of these children, who scour the dump for recyclables, usable materials and food, the Good Earth Church of the Divine is hosting a performance of sacred music and story songs from Guatemala.

Artist Valentino Trujillo, of Safe Passage, a nongovernmental organization, will perform songs and stories to benefit the children of the garbage dump. Those attending the concert also will hear from Friends of Safe Passage Executive Director Wendy Cruz.

Safe Passage is considered one of the best structured NGOs in the country by NGO Review. It was founded in 1999 by Hanley Denning, an American volunteer in Guatemala. The fundamental objective of Safe Passage is to create opportunities for the children of the city dump by developing the essential values and skills of productive people with happy lives. Safe Passage does this by providing school and a safe place where these children are given educational support, artistic outlets, good nutrition, medical attention and love.

Find out about this mission while listening to authentic Guatemalan music on Sunday, Aug. 25. A free-will collection will be taken for the children of the city dump.

For more information, call (262) 684-5193 or visit goodearthchurchofthedivine.org.



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