Waste Picker Report and Appeal

Following is a first-hand report from Jonathan following his recent outreach the Waste Pickers in his city. Fifty people were provided nutritious meals.

Waste Picker-Solo

A solo Waste Picker

Waste picking life is lowest in the community. A large number of those in this occupation are women and children. Illiterate, unskilled persons, migrants, those lowest in the caste hierarchy and the poorest of the poor, predominantly work as waste pickers, as they are unable to find any other kind of employment. Currently, many of them collect waste from landfills dotting urban spaces.

Waste pickers are self-employed workers with no formal legal relationship with the municipality or the recyclable traders. There is a high prevalence of infectious disease among waste pickers due to their exposure to hazardous materials such as fecal matter, paper saturated by toxic materials, bottles and containers with chemical residues, contaminated needles, and heavy metals from batteries.  They also face regular harassment and extortion from both the police and the municipal authorities. No social security benefits


Garbage piker colony

A Waste Picker Community helped by Jonathan and team

Marikavalasa in Visakhapatnam city is one colony inhabited by about 20 waste-picker families. The residents of the colony work in the Kapuluppada dump yard under extremely poor conditions and are at constant risk from industrial and medical waste containing contaminated, infectious waste, toxic chemicals,

Marikavalasa in Visakhapatnam city is one colony inhabited by about 20 waste-picker families. The residents of the colony work in the Kapuluppada dump yard under extremely poor conditions and are at constant risk from industrial and medical waste containing contaminated, infectious waste, toxic chemicals, inflammables and sharp objects. Consequently, the rag-pickers here are frequent sufferers of injury, dermatological, respiratory and muscular problems. There are no sanitation measures or washing facilities in these places.

Waste Picker Children

Waste Picker children during Jonathan’s visit

LLCM team has visited this waste-pickers colony recently for distributing free food to them.  The team found 30 children living in the colony are in pathetic condition.  The children are one year to ten years of age, some were half naked and some even fully naked.   When the team observed the health condition of the children it was a bad situation.  All the children were suffering from anemia, ill health and injuries.  Parents have no money either to feed them with proper healthy and hygienic food or take them to the hospital to treat them.  The poor children who do not know anything about their health condition are innocently playing with dirty dolls and other items which were picked from the garbage tips.  The poverty of their parents  leaves them living in extremely unhealthy conditions.

Jonathan felt a great pity for the children and their helpless parents. The whole team prayed for them and returned. After reaching home, Jonathan could not sleep because the scene of the condition of the children kept coming before his eyes again and again.   He prayed to God that to inspire others to help these poor and helpless children.

The Spirit of God inspired Rev. Jonathan for a proposal: If we can provide just 30 children with one boiled egg and one glass (200 ml.) of boiled milk each child at least three times a week, they will be recovered and be healthy. To provide this per child coast Rs. 25/ half of a dollar or %0 pence in UK currency.

  • Cost involves for this proposal for a week:
  • 1 boiled egg = Rs.5/-
  • 1 glass(200 ml.) of boiled milk = Rs.15/-
  • Each child needs Rs.20/-
  • 30 children need Rs.600/- and Rs.150/- for transportation, total Rs.750/- for one day.
  • For 3 days a week total need of Rs.2250/- $ 35/-£20 for all 30 children
  • Your investment will give life to 30 children. The love of Jesus will penetrate into the hearts of a special community which is ignored and abandoned by the high cultured communities. Those who give for this cause will certainly be blessed by God.  May the Name of the Lord be glorified
  • If we provide three times a week per child, the cost is Rs. 75/ around one and a half Dollar. Thanks

Waste Picker Children with Jonathan

Jonathan with Waste Picker children

Over the past year, I have come to know Jonathan well. We are in contact by phone and other social media every day. I have gained an intimate insight into the life and work of Jonathan and his team. They work tirelessly for the poor both in the city and the remote villages where people face great hardship and deprivation. I am able to vouch for all the selfless work that he carries on in the execution of his Christian faith and deep compassion for his people.

If you could spare the cost of a cup of coffee just 1 to 3 days a week, leave a comment in the box and I will give you details of where you can deposit funds. 100% of all donations given will go to India and the work I have outlined here. I will pay all fees for transfer of funds to India. Light of Life Compassion Ministries is a charity registered in India.

Thank you for reading this latest report by Jonathan.




Waste Picker Ministry


In the west, we are privileged when it comes to the issue of rubbish collection. We separate our waste into bags and from there into counselling recycling bins and then it is all collected by a big shiny council refuse truck and taken away…hardly a hand gets dirty.

But imagine if garbage and recycling were something you had to do for a living…on the streets, rummaging amongst mountains of waste on the kerb sides, in the stations or on the tips on the edge of town…dirty, sweaty, stinking work that earned you 30 rupees a day…not even enough for a meal. Would you be happy about it?

Thousands of people in India earn their living by ‘waste picking’. For the most part, the workers are individuals unsupported by any Government or NGO’s (I recognise the support, organisation and recognition that is given to waste pickers in some states in India, such as Bangalore). Pickers  live in make-shift huts beside the dumps; suffer disease; are looked down upon by society; live under constant threat from attack and abuse, harassment by police and other authorities. They live in primitive conditions, lack basic health care are rejected, often abused and struggle to provide food for their children and education is not an option.

Jonathan and his team provide essential support to people who often feel on the edge, even outside of society. In his regular visits to waste picker communities and families, he brings food, clothing, educational items for the children and a message of hope.

From my listening to reports from India regarding the lives of the poor on the streets and in the slums, there is a growing recognition that even at the lowest levels of society, that raised aspiration can lead to a better standard of life...see Annamma’s story. But she had to flee Andra Pradesh in order to realise her aspirations.

cropped-india_carbagecollectors_header_blog_3457913fd6fecf7.jpgChildren in a Waste Picker community.


Are you able to help Jonathan and his team to continue to support the waste pickers in his district? If so, reply in the comments section and I will give you details of how you can bring hope and aspiration the waste pickers of Visakhapatnam.

IMG-20151229-WA0010                                                   Distributing food to Waste Pickers



India’s Children and Malaria


Malaria kills about one child every minute in the sub-tropics. India is no exception. Children, as well as adults, are affected, resulting in 1 million deaths each year. Just a couple of months ago I was able to team up with Jonathan and his co-workers, to provide mosquito nets for an entire village, thus giving them protection and a greater level of assurance for their health and well-being. This vital work that is carried out by the team is one of their primary mission objectives and is followed up by the Christian story.

Mosquito net_Mother and Ch‎ild