What would you do?

Imagine no formal garbage collection in your neighborhood. No black bags. No cans. No truck. No uniformed men to take your waste and unwanted items to some unknown place out of your sight. It’s up to you and your neighbors to deal with your junk.

You might begin by rethinking what you buy and then recycle and reuse what you can. A designated compost pile? Open fires? Yet some things just pile up. The piles grow. Piles become hills. Hills become mountains. This is the situation in most of the world. Trash accumulates. Dumps evolve. People and animals rummage. Garbage smells. Disease spreads.

People live in that place

In 2009, we met several young homeless men in Kenya. A gang of about ten orphans, 15-22-years-old, survived on what they could find in the trash. They slept in an alley where other people left their garbage. They lived in and from what others had rejected. They call themselves the Obama Baracks.

Kakamega, Kenya is an urban area of about half a million people. There is no formal trash collection. We met the young men from the street. We found a truck for sale. We asked, What if we start a trash removal service?

In October 2009, The Reckoning International began the first formal trash collection in Kakamega. Customers pay for the service, and the young men from the street are being paid an honest wage. No more begging. No more rummaging. Waste is being sorted, recycled, and reused. Everyone wins.

As the young men continue to be faithful, money is put into savings for education or to start their own businesses in the future. They are beginning to see the world in a way they never thought possible. They’ve been exposed to possibility thinking, to hope, and to self determination.

The young men from the street are beginning to think like business owners and entrepreneurs. A few realized they could fix some of the items they found in the trash, and now they’re selling the items back to the people who paid to have them taken away. Others are creating artwork out of some of the material collected. Again, they are selling trash back to those who paid to have it removed.

We are hoping to expand the trash collection business in the near future. Owning a large truck has been a great asset and can be used to make a profit in several applications.

waste removal
Our continued challenge is to help these homeless young men stay with the project after having grown up on the streets.

wate removal

Waste removal is a huge need in Kenya.


waste removal

Old tires become new sandals.