We can learn a lot from talking to people on a regular basis outside the station of our lives. Probably more than in any newspaper or statistics of crime records. Not only can we learn a lot but we can find our hearts melt and our determination to keep helping strengthened as well as to encourage others too to do the same.
On my request Denzel, with an easy smile, offerred to tell the events of his daily life and publish it . educated me about the life of a recycler this morning at the very modest food drop off to 9 different families .
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He leaves home at 4.45 AM in lavender hill in kirstenhof walking the approx 6 km in search of plastic, paper or other slightly more valuable items in the garbage.
Depending on what he finds a bad day (there are many ) is R50 after dropping off at the 3 recycling deposits in retreat, an average is R100, a very very good day is R200 he supports himself and his mom . he gets home after pushing a heavily laden trolley probably about 20 km in all at roughly midday
today he told us our parcel of 2 * 1 kg maize + 500g sugar ( 1 kg maize = only R12 ) and small bag tea bags would go straight to his mom. they don't eat maize every day he said but it would last about 3 meals as they invited the other families or neighbors kids to eat too (about 4 _ for meal ) those of us that separate our trash make a very difficult day much more pleasant those of us that now and chat to our recyclers saving our planet more than most iid do, are performing what might seem small acts of kindness, but ripple far wider than we might imagine
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