Thirteen-year-old Albertina from southern Angola collects rubbish to sell to help support her family. She is forced to go out to search for money because her mum doesn't always catch fish for dinner. On those bad days, Albertina fears that she and her brothers may die of hunger.
When there aren't any buyers for the scrap she sells, Albertina crosses the border to Namibia to sell, because there's potential there for her to make more money, despite the many dangers that she may encounter on her way there.
As a result of the drought in southern Angola, cases of family abandonment, school dropouts, negligence, and children selling goods on the street (or collecting rubbish to try and earn an income like Albertina) have increased. World Vision is working to help through our Angola Emergency Child Protection project.