Small Steps Project helps the children and families living in desperately poor and inhumane conditions on and around the world's numerous inhabited landfill sites. The project provides shoes to protect against the syringes, glass, metal and toxic waste through which these families wade daily, searching for items they can recycle for an average wage of 50p a day.
Our aim is to supply children and families with the things that will prolong their survival, from shoes and clothes, to water and food, to hygiene packs and medical care.
We work together with established NGOs and local charities to provide ongoing care for the children, be it educational, social, medical or all of the above. Our aim is to get children to take small steps off the rubbish dumps, into school and out of poverty.
Each project we do is filmed and edited into a documentary which we then screen widely to create awareness for the plight of dump children. We hope, through these films and projects, to regulate health and safety globally, insisting that children are not working as scavengers and that their parents are paid a living wage so that they can support their families without jeopardising their health.
'Small Steps: Cambodia, Phnom Penh' is the first of a series of short films which will make up Around The World in 80 Dumps, directed and produced by Amy Hanson.