Swahili Proverb: “Kula kutamu, kulima mavune” – Eating is sweet, digging is weariness.
Dandora dump is situated on the outskirts of Nairobi, it in the main dumping site for the city spanning across 3o acres of land. Roughly 850,000 tons of rubbish is deposited there everyday. Hundreds of people living nearby flock to the site daily to sieve through the rubbish in search of scraps such as glass, plastic, metal and food which can either be sold or taken home with them. On an average day someone can make anywhere between 60 – 500 shilling (1-6 dollars).
(Above) A large number of children work on the dump hoping to find treasures they can sell in exchange for money to take home to their families. Some of these children come after school others who can’t afford it work there everyday.
(Above) Using hands to rummage through the rubbish can be very dangerous as pieces of glass and metal are often hidden beneath the piles of waste.
(Above) Pigs, cows and other animals rummage for food.
(Above) A melon found amongst the rubbish provides a tasty snack.
(Above) A shelter made from scraps offers protection from the rain.