15.05.2014

Many  starving children go through trash cans, beg for food, or just find anything  to eat. These little girls were killing a snake to eat.The first time that i visited this impoverished community, a group of small starving children had caught a small iguana and were pulling it apart to eat. I couldn't drive fast enough to the local shopping center to buy a couple dozen shopping carts of food. One billion people, including 350 million young children , in the world live in severe poverty. The nu...

15.05.2014

 What once was a clean stream with potable water is now a cesspool filled with dog and human waste. I am teaching this communities how to use old barrels to compost most of this sewage, to make compost toilets out of old trash cans, and to urinate in connected water bottle pipes into a separate large dark water bottle. These are S.O.L.I.S. Sterilized in the sun. If you don't mix the urine and feces, the odor and flies are minimized. They are shown how to build a fly and mosquito trap from a rev...

16.04.2014

Shanty shacks like these are thrown together with loose pieces of metal sheeting, wood, and anything that they can find. They leak when it rains and fall down in a strong wind.I teach them to make more attractive homes using durable white plastic bag bricks. The children love to join in to help. They make a wooden brick mold,. They line it with a white plastic bag. They fill the mold with layered wet newspaper balls, mud, and crushed soda cans. Everyone takes their turn jumping on it until it's...

16.04.2014

Old wood burning stoves like this cause asthma and chronic lung problems in children. These type of cooking facilities are full of flies and other insects. Any food, which is usually tortillas and beans, is pulled down by stray dogs. This dirty stove is used by 3 families. When it rains, the wood becomes wet and cannot be used.We teach them to use solar stoves and solar stills to purify water from the ocean. Despite what people think, the poor do not want to be dirty or live in unsanitary condi...

16.04.2014

The typical shack is one room with a dirt floor, no lights, no running water, no toilets, no shower or bath and no sink. There is no refrigerator and cooking is over wood fires. The majority of the meals are tortillas and beans. The mothers eat this and are heavy, yet protein and vitamin malnourished. The shacks are dark and musty day and night. Flies and mosquitoes are prolific. Stray dogs come and go and urinate and defecate everywhere. The odor is terrible, especially for small children who...

16.04.2014

"Little Pebbles" says adios and gracias a dios. When Pamela and i first saw her without shoes and very hungry, like many children, your heart and soul gives one no other choice but to help beyond help itself. The "Pebble in the Pond of Poverty Program" is spread to other impoverished communities through the children and the comic books. Once a neighbor sees the improvement in another home and the cleaner, happier, and healthier neighborhood children, then they will want to do the same. If the p...

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The Dr. Steven Hoefflin Child Poverty Program

Los Angeles, California and Guadalajara, Acapulco, and  Mexico City, Mexico