I looked up the word "adversity" to get the definition. Here it is:
The reason why I shared that with you is to highlight how despite living with daily hardships both financial and environmental, some choose to rise above their circumstances. Case in point these brilliant and enterprising kids in Cateura, Paraguay who have taken adversity and turned it on it's head.
A dear "listener friend" of mine sent me an email with a link to an amazing video floating around YouTube that has brought a ray of sunshine to a very dark week for many of us. It's the trailer for an upcoming documentary called Landfill Harmonic, which focuses on one remarkable group in Paraguay: an orchestra that plays instruments created out of literal trash, made lovingly for them by their community.
ANASTASIA TSIOULCAS Anastasia Tsioulcas of npr.org wrote "The young musicians all come from Cateura, a slum that's built upon a landfill; the 2500 families who live there survive by separating garbage for recycling. The water supply is very dangerously polluted; on rainy days, the town floods with contaminated water. "A violin is worth more than a house here," says Favio Chavez, the orchestra's director and founder.
In the midst of such an existence, these musicians have created something both special and truly awe-inspiring. "My life would be worthless without music." says one girl in pigtails. A young man named Juan Manuel Chavez, nicknamed Bebi, has a cello fashioned out of an oil can and old cooking tools. For the camera, he plays the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 — beautifully.
You have to admit that these kids and their community are inspiring, and prove that nothing is impossible if you only believe!