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Young Woman Salvaging Recyclable Materials in Karuvadikuppam Dump, Pondicherry

June 18, 2011

Wanted to share this photo of Vanilla, a young woman who salvages recyclable waste materials in Karuvadikuppam dumpyard, Pondicherry.

Vanilla collecting recyclable material in Karuvadikuppam, Pondicherry

Vanilla collecting recyclable material in Karuvadikuppam, Pondicherry

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  1. September 26, 2012 9:43 am

    Dear Mr. Anderson,

    I’m currently working as a volunteer with the gypsy- and tribal-communities at the Pondicherry waste dump. I think I recognize the girl on the photo, having talked to her today.

    We try to improve the situation of the gypsy-community through very basic education for the families.

    Do you have any papers/essays/etc. regarding the specific situation of the communities living close by the dump site? I would be very obliged to you, for this would help me to get to know their situation better.

    Kind regards,

    • October 2, 2012 3:42 am

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your question. I don’t have any information about the community living near the Karuvadikuppam dump. I used to visit there occasionally because I was working in solid waste management. For the past year, I’ve not been working in waste management. I don’t know if any studies have been done or papers written about the community near the dump. It would certainly be interesting to visit them with an interpreter and document their stories.

      Best wishes,

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