A Spirit of Power
CAMBIALO (Change it, or Building a Better Environment in La Oroya)
For so many years now, the Joining Hands network in Peru, Uniendo Manos Peru has been documenting the contamination of the air, water and life in La Oroya by the U.S. mining company Doe Run, and advocating for better corporate practices. Two years ago, a group of children created an association called CAMBIALO (Change it, or Building a Better Environment in La Oroya) to declare their rights as children, and stand against the contamination. Contamination has left 99% of the Children of La Oroya with severe levels of lead in their bodies. They hope to generate an international movement of children to share the story of La Oroya in order to create greater urgency amongst political and industry leaders to address the contamination of La Oroya and the healthcare needs of the people.