Voices of Resilience

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The COVID crisis has made clear how essential waste workers and waste pickers are to maintaining healthy cities. As we recover, GAIA’s network members will play a key role in rebuilding their communities.  This blog series, Voices of Resilience, features stories of some of the waste pickers and waste workers at the frontlines of this pandemic, who are fighting to provide essential services for their communities in spite of local governments that have failed to give them adequate safety equipment and worker protections. Thanks to the support of the GAIA community through our Emergency Solidarity Fund, we were able to support members during this critical time. While the problems of our time seem ever greater, the solutions are happening locally, through the determination of community leaders working together in solidarity across borders. These are their stories.


Waste pickers and workers around the globe were badly hit by the pandemic. While their contribution to the community is vital, they are often neglected by the same community that they serve. They deserve more. They deserve better.