Pool. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua.

Pool. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua.

Two boys, one peeking an eye out from the edge of the pool, play in a makeshift swimming pool filled with rain water at Los Quinchos, an activities program inside the city trash dump. Managua, Nicaragua

Walter (Recycling). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Walter (Recycling). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A young boy works on a large mound of trash with a bag slung on his back and a long pick fork in order to collect recyclables, such as plastic and metal, to sell. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Balloon. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua.

Balloon. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua.

A young girl holding a jump rope poses with a balloon she placed under her shirt pretending to be pregnant at Juntos Contigo, an education program located within La Chureca, the city trash dump. Behind her is a girl at the chalkboard. Many women here are pregnant as teenagers. Managua, Nicaragua

Make-up. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Make-up. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A mother applies eye make-up and mascara to her young daughter as two young girls watch attentively in preparation for a costume festival at La Esperanza, a free school located within La Chureca, the city trash dump in Managua, Nicaragua.

Baby & Bottle. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Baby & Bottle. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A baby plays with an empty bottle of water that his family will recycle between two shacks where the baby lives.  La Chureca, meaning "the scavenger," is a community of about 1,500 that is built on the grounds of the Managua City dump in Nicaragua. Many dwellings are within just feet of the trash. More than 50 percent of La Chureca inhabitants are children. Some collect recyclables at the dump, and others are addicted to sniffing glue. But the majority are simply normal underprivileged children, growing up amid trash and detritus. Managua, Nicaragua

Boy & Box. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Boy & Box. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A young boy amuses himself by hiding and playing underneath a box in his front yard, with the burning city trash dump set on fire across the muddy dirt road in view behind him. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Doll. La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua.

Doll. La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua.

A girl eats lunch alone with her doll in the cafeteria at La Esperanza, a free school located within La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua.

Vanessa (Pouting). La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua.

Vanessa (Pouting). La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua.

A young semi-nude school girl named Vanessa wearing nothing but underwear pouts in the corner of the classroom at La Esperanza, a free school located within La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua.

Olga (At home). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Olga (At home). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A young twenty year old mother plays and spends an intimate moment together with her three children in their tiny one room tin-roof shack that is located just feet away from the city trash dump. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

School Costumes. La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua

School Costumes. La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua

A young brother and sister tenderly hold hands in their costumes on their way to a costume festival at La Esperanza school with a view of the trash dump in background in La Chureca. Managua, Nicaragua  

Walter (Washing Horse). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Walter (Washing Horse). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A young boy bathes his family's severely underweight and malnourished horse in the front yard of his home. La Chureca, meaning "the scavenger," is a community of about 1,500 that is built on the grounds of the Managua City trash dump in Nicaragua. Many dwellings are within just feet of the trash. More than 50 percent of La Chureca inhabitants are children. Some collect recyclables at the dump, and others are addicted to sniffing glue. But the majority are simply normal underprivileged children, growing up amid trash and detritus. Managua, Nicaragua

Maria & Infant Son. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Maria & Infant Son. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A single mother named Maria and her infant son sit inside the front door of their home at La Chureca. She is a single mother of four. Single mothers are common. Managua, Nicaragua

Boy (Inhaling Glue). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Boy (Inhaling Glue). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A close-up portrait of boy addicted to sniffing glue  as he inhales shoe glue out of a Gerber baby bottle bought for about 20 cents with a view of the trash dump in background. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Watching Television. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Watching Television. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

La Chureca, Managua City Dump, Managua, Nicaragua 2007 La Chureca, meaning 'the scavenger,' is community of about 1500 that is built on the grounds of the Managua City dump in Nicaragua. Many dwellings are within just feet of the trash. More than 50% of La Chureca inhabitants are children. Some collect recyclables at the dump, and others are addicted to 'sniffing' glue. But the majority are simply normal children, growing up amid trash and detritus.

Olga (Breast-feeding). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Olga (Breast-feeding). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A young mother named Olga, 20, breast-feeds her baby with breast exposed in her front yard. Her and her partner Dennis support three children by collecting recyclables from the dump. La Chureca, meaning "the scavenger," is a community of about 1,500 that is built on the grounds of the Managua City dump in Nicaragua. Many dwellings are within just feet of the trash. More than 50 percent of La Chureca inhabitants are children. Some collect recyclables at the dump, and others are addicted to sniffing glue. But the majority are simply normal underprivileged children, growing up amid trash and detritus. Managua, Nicaragua

Boy (Plastic container). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Boy (Plastic container). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A shirtless boy carries a nearly empty plastic container above his head in the front yard of his home with the dump behind him. Managua, Nicaragua

Girls (Lunch). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Girls (Lunch). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A group of young girls squeezed together at a table eat a simple prepared free meal of rice and beans after school at Los Quinchos, an activities program within La Chureca, the city trash dump in Managua, Nicaragua.

Boy (Peeking). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Boy (Peeking). La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

A young boy peeks one eye out through the barred window in a small room at Los Quinchos, an after school program with free prepared meals for the hungry and malnourished children who live in La Chureca, the city trash dump in Managua, Nicaragua.

Brother & Sister (Horse #2). LA Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Brother & Sister (Horse #2). LA Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Two children, brother and sister, take their family's hungry and malnourished horse onto the dump to find scraps of food to eat. La Chureca, Managua, Nicaragua

Jaen sleeping. Managua, Nicaragua

Jaen sleeping. Managua, Nicaragua

A baby boy sleeps underneath a net to keep the flies away in La Chureca, the city trash dump in Managua, Nicaragua