Instrument maker Don Nicolas works on a violin made out of recycled trash. (AFP PHOTO/Norberto DUARTR)
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Paraguay group turns garbage into sweet melodiesParents all over the world often complain about their children's music being garbage. For one group of poor kids in Paraguay, however, who have found international fame by forming an orchestra that uses instruments built from trash, it is quite literally true. The orchestra is made up of 40 teenage boys and girls born and raised near Cateura, the main garbage dump serving Paraguay's capital Asuncion.The orchestra was organized in 2006 by Chavez, who came to the area as the garbage dump's environmental technician.It all started when Chavez, who plays the guitar, brought his group from his hometown of Carapegua, 90 kilometers southeast of Asuncion, to the school for daily meetings with the garbage scavengers.Chavez says that many people, especially foreigners, have offered to buy the unique instruments.How about getting real instruments for the teens?
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