Members of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay with recycled instruments during a rehearsal at Vancouver College before their concert at UBC on Monday night, in Vancouver. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG
A decade ago, it would have been inconceivable that a 10-year-old girl like Cinthia Servin would be playing a violin, let alone playing with an orchestra before sold-out crowds in Vancouver.
It is because of an extraordinary gift from Favio Chavez. He introduced beauty in the form of music to the harsh lives of nearly 10,000 people who squat in an unofficial town at the edge of Paraguay’s largest landfill. Full story.