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About

Our documentary opens with Nduta, a mother of four, who has worked at the Dandora dumpsite for the last 15 years. It’s a sunny morning as she steps out of her house in the slums adjacent to the site. She looks like a young mother, beautiful but tired. Her clothing is clean but tattered, as are her children's school uniforms. As the children file out of the house, Nduta kisses them goodbye, straightens their collars and wishes them well as she watches them march off to school like tiny little soldiers. Today, while they are away, Nduta will go to work at the Dandora dumpsite, sifting through mountains of trash to collect food waste for local pig farmers. If the day is successful she will make 3 dollars to feed her young family all the while keeping her job a secret so as not to shame her family.

Children in Dandora
Children in Dandora

The Follow The Trash Documentary will feature mothers and young children like Nduta and her family, who reside in international dumpsites in Kenya, India, and the Philippines. They must carry on with their occupation despite the risks to their health and safety and place in society. Every day in Kenya an estimated 6,000 men, women, and children search through the garbage for recyclable materials, food, and anything of value to sell, earning around $2.50 on a good day. They search side by side with pigs and dogs, digging through used needles and condoms, medical products, metals, human waste, industrial waste, chemical runoff, and everything else thrown out by the residents of Kenya’s biggest city: Nairobi. 

Nduta’s story is one that must be told. Our Kickstarter campaign will highlight the world’s trash problem through an impactful documentary that seeks to trace the journey of trash from western homes to the villages and waterways it contaminates when disposed of poorly. 

Pigs feeding from the dump and a view of Nairobi in the distance.
Pigs feeding from the dump and a view of Nairobi in the distance.

Why should you care? 

The Follow the Trash documentary will underscore everyone’s role in both waste production and management, challenging audiences to take action in order to preserve the health, safety, and human rights of our communities. Whether we live in a developed or a developing nation, our individual actions have a global impact. 

We have the collective power to change systems and promote just and sustainable solutions to this perplexing problem, to ensure future generations live in conditions better than our own. With your support, Follow the Trash Documentary will challenge the collective apathy around this issue.

We can bring together stakeholders including government, corporations, and citizens to challenge the status quo. Through strategic interviews, real life testimony and powerful imagery that highlights this epidemic of trash the world will learn that no one is safe from these issues. Trash is a global problem that we must face before we run out of space and our waterways are lost to pollution.

Follow The Trash
Follow The Trash

What do your donations do? 

All donations are designated for the design and production of the Follow the Trash documentary. Servant Forge is partnering with Level One Communications of Nairobi, Kenya and Blenheim Films of London, UK to facilitate the production of the film. The Follow the Trash documentary will feature waste management as an urgent issue—not just in Kenya, but across the developing world. 

Who Are We? 

The Follow the Trash campaign is an initiative pioneered by Servant Forge, a Washington, DC-based non-profit advancing projects that transform individuals and communities toward better health, safety, education, and prosperity. To learn more about The Follow The Trash Documentary and Campaign go to, www.servantforge.org/follow-the-trash

Servant Forge
Servant Forge
Strategic Applications International (SAI)
Strategic Applications International (SAI)
Verge Concepts, a Kenyan Kickstarter Partner
Verge Concepts, a Kenyan Kickstarter Partner
Kenya Based Partner - Level One helped with video and campaign.
Kenya Based Partner - Level One helped with video and campaign.

Risks and challenges

With any video production delays can be an issues especially in an international developing world environment. However SAI/Servant Forge have had an office in Kenya and staff on the ground since 2009 and are working with the Kenyan Government and Kenya based sponsors to ensure this documentary can be produced without much interruption or delays. Our collaboration with host country organizations and government should help us manage any production delays that may arise.

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