The Zabaleen are the informal garbage collectors as they collect garbage since they migrated from Upper Egypt to Cairo in 1940. They have been repurposing garbage with great efficiency as they recycle around 80% of the garbage in Egypt. They collect garbage from door to door and then head to garbage city where the women start their mission of sifting through the garbage at the early hours of the day. By recycling trash they help the environment and our earth. Items such as these Nespresso caps are used to create pieces of art which otherwise would have been garbage. ROOTA through their faithful donors help them do what they are doing in a healthier, safer and more hygienic way. Education is the key word as through education and knowledge they will evolve in sifting the garbage in a healthier manner.
It was a pleasure seeing the younger generation of Zabaleen girls sifting through garbage wearing gloves. This is what education does as they are now wearing protective gloves while doing what they usually do but taking protective measures.
Thank you to you our donors for making this possible and helping them to stop the cycle of poverty. Without your help this would not have been possible.