In August 2007 María Teresa Fernández, the Vice President of Spain, was so moved by a visit to Chureca that she committed US$45 million to transform, in her words, "garbage to human dignity." After an extended legal battle with Chureca's owners over purchasing the property, we are finally seeing action.
The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) has partnered with Managua's mayorship to enact a sweeping plan to transform Chureca. The plan will cover the trash, creating a landfill. More impressively, though, a recycling plant will be built, which will employ 2,000 workers living in Chureca. New homes will be built, a bit farther from the landfill, and families will be moved out of the slums adjacent to the trash.
For more information about the AECI program, read The "New" Chureca.
Dirt movers are now a common sight, pushing mounds of dirt over the trash
Project workers (in construction vests) rest as tractors clear a space for new homes (background)
Temporary houses have been built for families living too close to construction
Chureca from a nearby vantage point