"I don't think about tomorrow nor yesterday. I am here, I work and I only think about today. Every morning, we start at 7 am and finish the next day at 1 am, after selling the day's collection. If we don't work, we don't eat," explains Jacem, who used to work in construction. He then tells me that he stopped working in construction because they were always late with payments and sometimes didn't pay at all. That's why he decided to focus on waste sorting, which he sees as any other job. "At least now, I get paid as much as I work."

Every day, they collect around 40 kg of plastic, which they later sell for 10,000 LL per kg to a man in Mar Elias, who then resells it to a factory. This allows them to earn approximately 1,000,000 LL per day, covering the basic needs of their entire family. (At the current exchange rate, about $15 per day, $350 per month).

Navigating their challenging circumstances in Lebanon remains a preferable choice compared to the hardships faced in Syria. Despite this, they lament the absence of support from NGOs and the lack of attention from others, leaving them largely overlooked and unheard.


They store the items they find and could potentially resell at their homes: light bulbs, empty perfume bottles, clothing, and more. Rarely do they keep the items they discover, such as the Quran found one day in one of the bins.

They aspire for their children to attend school and are actively seeking a solution. However, they are unsure about the steps to take, and the school fees pose a significant challenge. The adults also express a desire to learn English, reflecting their eagerness for self-improvement and growth.

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