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NY Cosmos Fan Challenge - Clean Toxic Pollution from Soccer Field in Indonesia

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BENEFITING: Pure Earth

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THE STORY:

We need your help to clean-up a soccer field in Cinangka, Indonesia polluted with toxic lead. For over a decade, small scale lead smelters were the main source of jobs in Cinangka – an extremely low-income community, on the outskirts of Jakarta. The highly-contaminated waste materials were placed adjacent to the local primary school, to help level out the soccer field. The field is located 100 meters from the main Cinangka Primary School, attended by over 1,000 children. Battery casings, plastic dividers and piles of lead oxide slag are exposed within the soccer field’s soil. The lead that these children come into contact with every day is leading to irreparable brain damage and developmental disorders.

Blacksmith Institute has been working in Cinangka monitoring blood lead levels and educating families about the dangers of lead. Regulations are being put into place to ensure that this never happens again.

But, funding ran out and $10,000 is needed to complete the clean-up of the soccer field. Once this site is cleaned, the lead in the soil will not harm these children ever again.

NY Cosmos committed to matching donations from their fans up to $5,000 to clean-up this soccer field for the children of Cinangka.

Any funds raised over $10,000 will go towards Blacksmith's general fund addressing toxic pollution issues in developing countries all over the world.

 

 

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