Turning Trash into Dreams

Trash recycler and craftsman Nicolas Gomez makes a violin from a paint tin and dinner fork for the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 22, 2013. The orchestra is the brainchild of its conductor Favio Chavez, who wanted to help the children of garbage pickers at the local landfill, and the instruments are made from salvaged materials by craftsman Gomez. The orchestra now involves 30 schoolchildren who have toured countries in Latin America, North America and Europe to play music ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to the Beatles and Paraguayan folk songs. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Director of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, Favio Chavez, tunes one of the orchestra’s instruments made of recycled a recycled paint can at the Vy’a Renda education center in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 8, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Trash recycler and craftsman Nicolas Gomez selects an oil drum to make a cello for the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 22, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Music student Hugo Irrazabal plays his cello made from recycled materials during a rehearsal of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, at the Vy’a Renda education center in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 8, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Director of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, Favio Chavez (C, gray shirt), leads his music students during a rehearsal at the Vy’a Renda education center in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 8, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Director of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, Favio Chavez (L, gray shirt), leads his music students during a rehearsal at the Vy’a Renda education center in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 8, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Trash recycler and craftsman Nicolas Gomez (R) greets students of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, for which Gomez makes all their instruments, in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 9, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Renowned Paraguayan classical guitarist, Bertha Rojas, plays an instrument made from recycled food tins by craftsman Nicolas Gomez, during a visit to the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 9, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters

Trash recycler and craftsman Nicolas Gomez watches as his wife Natividad Romero sews clothes from cloth recovered from the local landfill, at their home in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 9, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Music student Valencia plays a violin made from recycled objects during a concert of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, in Asuncion, June 22, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

A student of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura holds an instrument made from recycled material by craftsman Nicolas Gomez, in Cateura, near Asuncion, May 9, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Members of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura pose for the audience during a concert in Asuncion, June 22, 2013. (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

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