The first day we stopped…and changed a life
Over 20 years ago, Father Don Vettese was leading a group of students on a service trip to Guatemala when their van came upon a car accident and was detoured. Traffic brought them to a halt at the 750-acre Guatemala City dump.
The scene was nightmarish. Hundreds of people – families, the infirm, and even small children – searching through Guatemala City garbage for food to eat and recyclables to sell. Dwellings made of nothing more than cardboard and tin.
“There were pigs and vultures competing with the people for rotting food,” said Jesuit Father Don Vettese. “It was hot, humid, and smelly. This was not part of our game plan.”