In Durres, Albania, brothers Kloudio and Serxho drag an enormous bag of recyclable materials they pulled from dumpsters to sell to a garbage collector.
The brothers belong to a community made up of people from both Roma and Egyptian ethnicities that are ostracized throughout Albanian society. Members of the group find it hard to get into schools, get good work, and generate an income.
Kloudio and Serxho live with their mother, who also helps them collect garbage.
The boys go to school because their mother is adamant that they complete their studies. Once a day, after school and homework are complete, they go to the dumpsters in the area and collect garbage. They look for plastics and bottles – anything that can be sold for recycling to local factories.
Once a week a garbage collector comes with a truck and the local boys and girls bring out their huge bags full of plastic and glass. The operators of the truck pay Kloudio and Serxho a minimal fee and then resell the garbage to their clients.
World Vision works within these Roma and Egyptian communities, but also with the surrounding populations, to help people change misconceptions and prejudices that are found throughout the country. World Vision aids and encourages the children through child protection and education programs.
Photo ©2014 Paul Bettings / World Vision