This morning I finally found a cafe drink that Argentina does right: chai lattes! With my latte in tow, we returned to Tigre today to visit CONIN, a center that assists mothers in caring for their children with a focus on proper nutrition. The moment we entered we were greeted with silly and smiling kids who gifted us leaves, beans, and gems. We then toured the facilities and go to see all of the resources they offer the mother such as pediatric care, social work, technical skill teaching, food and cooking, child care, and education.
Once our bearings were established, we got divided into teams. I was tasked with helping with cooking, specifically dessert. One of the mothers and I prepared strawberries and berries to place on top of the brownies that were made beforehand. It looked and smelled delicious as well as the other food they were cooking.
My job finished shortly, so I was able to go play with the kids. There was one kid, in particular, that was very drawn to me. His name was Angel and he loves taking pictures. He kept trying to take my phone and was overall a very precious and silly kid that warmed my heart. Together we played kitchen, house, and I got to practice my Spanish by speaking with him which was a great experience. However, seeing these wonderful kids and knowing their situations in life was deeply upsetting and made me wish I could do much more than just play with them for an hour.
It is no secret that many children in the world are in similar situations as Angel. Large percentages of the population are living in poverty and struggling to have food on their plates while others live on estates and do not have a single want or desire that can not be fulfilled. These levels of inequity are hard to face, but are inevitable and have existed since the beginning of civilization. Every human is born into a different family and for the most part, that family determines their lifestyle. The implications of having bad luck in these circumstances are never good. A big factor that increases the chance of bad circumstances is globalization. As we live in an increasingly mobile world, one must stay connected to keep up. These connections may be literal through technology or basic things like education and relationships. When one of these factors fall short, that individual falls behind the global world. Ensuring these factors can be expensive as most of the methods of achieving them are costly or easily limited. this creates a chain reaction that is nearly impossible to break which is why we see it causing an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. In addition, globalization strengthens the impacts of inflation. If a country’s currency loses value, the loss will not have any effect on the wealth of the people as long as the currency remains within that economy. Obviously, as globalization expand this is an impossible concept. Counties trade with the rest of the world in every industry in some capacity. In cases of inflation, this trade devalues the currency which can out stress on citizen’s finances. When someone is already living with shallow pockets, this effect can be catastrophic by throwing them into poverty making it harder to have sufficient funds for things like clothes food, and shelter. This is the exact problem we see in Argentina at the moment. That being said, globalization is not bad for poverty in all aspects. Having a more globalized world allows for more people to be educated about the issues that the poor in other countries are facing. This knowledge can bring the benefit of charity because people must be aware of an issue to be able to donate to it or help. Additionally, this allows for people around the world to understand a need that can be resolved by technologies that can improve the quality of life for those living in poverty like cheap housing kits, nutritional supplements, medical advancements, and sanitization tools. All things that help reloves issues affecting the impoverished communities that could not be achieved without globalization.
To finish our day, we participated in a tango class. I am not one to enjoy choreographed dancing, nor am I good at it, but I surprisingly enjoyed the experience. The moves started off pretty easy but at the end of the class, it was complicated. I really enjoyed watching everyone else dance as well. This is definitely something I would recommend anyone to do if they visit Buenos Aires.