Mexican Trip

November 22, 2008

A while back I posted pics and a story about a trip to Matamoros I took.

My daugher had the audacity to call us poor and I arranged to have us go on a trip to the Matamoros dump where people live without electricity. It was meant to teach her that cable, air conditioning, her cell phone and other things that we have are called LUXURIES and that even shoes are a luxury for some people. Now when it is cold, I think of that little community and wonder how they are faring in the freezing cold. I am cold in my socks because I have not bought slippers yet but I have a heater in my room and can slip under any of my warm blankets to warm up. These people can’t.

 

Cooking without electricity.

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No Maytag.

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I get mad when my cable or Internet goes out.

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I hope that now that the economy is worsening in the United States, people will not be so aloof to the poor and treat them as if they are lepers.

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Amazing Grace

October 3, 2008
The Matamoros dump is a community of people who live along the trash dump in Matamoros, Mexico. This is how they live. 
Kids came running to greet us as they knew what was in the van.
Kids came running to greet us as they knew what was in the van.
One resident led grace before the kids tore into the hot burgers from McDonalds.

One resident led grace before the kids tore into the hot burgers from McDonalds.

Most houses had no electricity.

Most houses had no electricity.

They took to that new ball right away.

 Those kids took to their new ball right away.

This little Pele' was very, very good.

This little Pele was very good.

The gargantuan mountain.

The gargantuan mountain of trash.

No electricity.

No electricity.

Barefoot is a way of life.

Barefoot is a way of life.

A lady said, “Mi casa es tu casa,” which literally means, “My house is your house.” She said in Spanish, “As poor as it is, it is yours as well.” What generosity with what little she owned.
This fancy outhouse had paint.

This fancy outhouse had paint.

Checking out the new backpack.

Checking out the new backpack.

Few can afford to hook up electricity.

Few can afford to hook up electricity.

The ever-pervasive mountain of trash.

The ever-pervasive mountain of trash.

What it's really all about.
This is what it is all about.