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Help Rebuild the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura's School After the Flood

Our partner, Recycled Orchestra, in Paraguay just suffered major damage to their school due to a severe mudslide on Monday. This unforeseen event has left children without the resources and safe environment they need to continue their education. You can see video footage of the collapse as reported by a Paraguayan news outlet.

A portion of the school was completely wiped out by the recent mudslide. It will take $51,000 to rebuild. This school is not just a building; it's a sanctuary of music, education, and dreams for vulnerable children in one of the most challenging environments.

We need your help. Together, we can rebuild. Please consider contributing what you can. In this Back to School season, you can help other children by giving them a safe place to learn and help them quickly recover from this natural disaster. It’s only $240 per student to rebuild the collapsed classrooms. This amount, or any amount you can give, will make a difference.

How you can help:

Donate: Every dollar counts. Please consider making a generous donation.

Share: Spread the word. Share this appeal with your friends, family, and colleagues. Together, we can reach more compassionate hearts.

About the Recycled Orchestra:

The Recycled Orchestra was founded 17 years ago by our Local Hero, Favio Chavez. Every day, millions of pounds of solid waste get dumped in the Cateura slum. Many families scavenge trash from the landfill to resell, and kids are regularly pulled out of school to help.

There was little else that town had to offer before Favio built the Recycled Orchestra – creating instruments out of trash – to offer the children a chance for a future through music.

Many years later, the Recycled Orchestra has performed for just about everyone. The group plays everything from Mozart to Paraguayan folk music and the young musicians have backed up artists like Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Megadeth!

PS – If you want to learn more about Favio’s work, make sure to check out the documentary, Landfill Harmonic on iTunes or Amazon.

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