Aften Blackwell

A Community of Service Interim 2010
Children’s Shelter, Managua, Nicaragua


Right after we entered the gates of Mangua's dump, my heart started beating a little faster. I saw men with machetes, a man sniffing glue so that he wouldn't feel the intensity of his hunger, and a young girl rumaging through a pile of trash. I went in with the stereotype that these people were going to be hostile and dangerous. After learning that our group was going to get out of the van and feed these people I began freaking out on the inside. But to my surprise the children of the dump were more well-mannered and polite than most children I come across. They welcomed us with a big “bienvienidos,” blessed their food, said thank you, and collectively told us "adios" when it was time for us to leave.