Mr. Wardi had a big problem.
As the senior man (Lapak) in the Jakarta trash picker community, his job is to make sure there are enough trash carts in good working condition for all the trash pickers. Without a cart, a trash picker cannot move through a neighborhood collecting recyclable trash from the homes to sell and feed his family.
A lot of Mr. Wardi's trash carts were already badly worn but two carts were beyond repair. Mr. Wardi had to come up with a plan to get enough money to buy the materials to make two new carts right away.
The prospect of this happening did not look good. It would mean that two trash pickers would not be able to collect trash or make enough money to buy food for their families. His was a serious dilemma!
What Mr. Wardi didn’t know, was that his friend, Retno Hapsari, XSProject General Manager already had a plan for new carts by raising the money through GlobalGiving.
In February, XSProject received three GlobalGiving donations for just this purpose! So, when Retno went to Mr. Wardi’s house with enough money to build two trash carts, he was very surprised.
How did Retno know of his problem? How was she able to give him this money? The answers rested in a promise Mr. Wardi made to Retno years ago; that he would help her convince the trash picker community to allow their children to go to school so they would not grow up to be trash pickers, too.
Over the years, their friendship has helped raise the community out of extreme poverty, one child at a time. Retno knew from the community what Mr. Wardi needed. XSProject was able to fund Mr. Wardi's urgent need for trash carts because the GlobalGiving community of donors responded to her need.
Mr. Wardi now knows the whole story of how people very far away, who don’t know him, opened their hearts and changed his life. And this is the story of how Mr. Wardi got his GlobalGaving trash carts.
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