Another Day in El Tigre

Today we visited another primary care center in the Tigre area of Buenos Aires. The center was specifically to help young kids, and mothers with the development of families. At the center the kids were taken care of as if they were in a day-care, while their mothers could learn skills that would help get jobs. Some of the skills that were taught at the center included: sewing, communication, cleaning, and cooking. Although, most of the skills are basic, one of the mothers working at the facility expressed how far along many of the mothers who attend the center have come. As well as being taught skills to help gains jobs, because most of the mothers at the center are so young, and were said not to be taken care of properly as a child, the center teaches family care. This care includes how to take care of children properly and how to show love and affection.

While at the center, a group of us were invited by some of the mothers to walk around the neighborhood. The scene was shocking. Many of the houses were made of tin or were falling apart. Street dogs ran around the neighborhood, and trash littered the streets and walkways. It was sad to see the condition in which people were living in, in the neighborhood. It was crazy to see the drastic change in development just within the Tigre area. The Tigre area is one of the wealthiest areas in the greater Buenos Aires area, however, the section we were at was extremely impoverished.  

Within the Tigre area there is extreme inequality. Some people in the area have yachts and live in private developments, while others in the same area were living in huts and were malnourished. This range of inequality cannot be good for an area because the wealth gap will continue to grow as globalization increases, and the area continues to develop. This kind of inequality is bad for an area, because it creates a distinct divide within the area and separates the communities living there.

Globalization overall helps to sustain inequality because while people who can afford to upgrade their lifestyle or stay in the time thrive, people who are poor cannot keep up with the changes. Because the poor people cannot keep up the changes, the continue to fall back into poverty because prices may rise, while their situation worsens. Globalization causes these problems because it first divides people. Many people are on a different pace to move forward and the people who are poorer or on a slower pace moving up in social class, cannot thrive in a time of rapid changes. Globalization at times attempts to create more equality by developing new opportunities and initiatives to help people that are impoverished. However, not everyone can sustain the rapid pace in which the world is moving today.

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