One persons trash is another persons library

In another post, I wrote about the concept of Jugaad – the art of making something out of nothing or making do with what you have. This amazing CNN story about garbage collectors Ankara, Turkey exemplifies the concept.

While on their routes, the garbage collectors started rescuing books from the trash. As word spread about what they were doing, residents just started donating books to them. Enough for them to open a library and even share titles with schools and even prisons. An old brick factory that the sanitation department owned was used as the library and now acts also as a community center where people gather. This is really a great story about what people can accomplish by working together.

Garbage collectors open library with abandoned books

Read the full post at CNN