(Photo Credit: C.E. Ayr)
The swirling eddies of shredded paper and the pungent stench of a myriad rotten consumables transformed what was ordinarily a cool breeze into a virtual abomination. This quaint city which was a surfer’s paradise and a tourist’s dream was fast becoming a refuge for rubbish.
Scavenging became a sad but integral part of life of the very souls who ought to have remained unsullied by dirt of every physical and psychological ilk – children. Rising along with the sun (or even earlier at times), tiny tots could be seen scrambling atop a pile of debris and ravaging for materials that could be converted into money. A natural concomitant of this unfortunate practice was the spread of communicable disease.
Then Francesco proposed the “Bits of Education” scheme. Trash collection groups would be formed under full employment. In addition, every kilogram of trash collected would have a designated value in dollars. This sum would be directly deposited into a fund that would foot the fee of every trash collector’s offspring and also provide for the family’s medical insurance. All shortfalls would be made up for by Francesco himself.
‘Debris To Dreams” is now a reality!
(Word Count: 193)
Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Susan Spaulding. For more details, visit HERE.
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