As the site of Paraguay’s main landfill, the town of Cateura might not obviously inspire hope for its residents, many of whom earn a living scavenging and selling others’ trash. When environmental engineer and musician Favio Chavez decided to offer music lessons in Cateura, he realized he didn’t have enough instruments for his students. Furthermore, having an expensive instrument could be considered risky in an area where “a violin is worth more than a house.” With help, Chavez devised a solution: create instruments using recycled materials found in the landfill! Ada’s Violin is an inspiring story, and the Recycled Orchestra has now traveled around the world sharing music.
~ Eight Cousins— From Holiday Picks 2016
From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash. Ada Rios grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but with little money for anything but the bare essentials, it was never an option...until a music teacher named Favio Chavez arrived. He wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave Ada--and her town--forever changed. Now, the Recycled Orchestra plays venues around the world, spreading their message of hope and innovation.