Today was another fantastic day here in Argentina. I woke up with nine hours of sleep under my belt which is the most I’ve gotten this whole trip! It was definitely nice to have a good night’s sleep going into today’s schedule of fun activities!
We started the day by visiting a community health center called Conin in the Tigre area. This center was particularly special because it serves as a daycare for kids and a way to educate young mothers on parenting. The kids get to run around and play while they teach their mothers to cook, maintain a job, and connect with their child. When we arrived, they gave us a quick tour of the center and some of the kids were distracting us throughout the whole tour. After, we split into groups to play with the kids, organize their supply closets, and cook lunch. I originally was in the lunch cooking group; however, I’m not the best at food preparation so I left and took a walk around the neighborhood with a few people from our group and one of the mothers from Conin. The neighborhood was very run down and dirty. We also firsthand saw why Conin is a community center due to the high number of young women who were pregnant. We returned to Conin and I had the chance to play with some of the kids for a while. We played kitchen and I read them a story in Spanish (but had no clue what I was reading about to be honest). I also made a friend named Bruno and talked to him a little bit about soccer for as much as my Spanish abilities would permit. We took some pictures with the kids then left to go to lunch.
Before talking about the rest of the day, I want to take some time to reflect between the polar opposite parts of Tigre that we experienced over the past two days. Yesterday, when we were in the Delta Tigre area and the public hospital, we saw green landscapes, big boats, and beautiful buildings. Today, just down the street from yesterday’s location, we saw dirt roads and buildings falling apart and met many underweight kids. This polar inequality is unfair but unfortunately part of reality. I would say that the disparity is generally bad for the area as a whole. It demonstrates an inability to equally distribute resources and the lack of a middle class in Argentina. In some ways, globalization can be a cause of some of these inequalities. Globalization touches different areas of a nation in different ways. In the richer areas of Tigre we saw many name brands and could see that many different resources were being put towards that area. The hospital and health centers we visited were also highly developed and contained equipment and technology that was capable of sustaining public health. Additionally, this more globalized area was clearly more educated and wealthier and therefore healthier. Through these differences between the two areas, we can see how globalization can lengthen the gap between the two classes. Globalization can be used as a way to decrease inequality in ways similar to how we attempted to today. Through service and global recognition of poverty and malnutrition in areas like that surrounding Conin Tigre, globalization can serve as a way to focus resources towards areas that need them most.
After lunch, we went to Tango lessons. I partnered up with Sam. Even though I was supposed to take the lead for most of it, she really was the better dancer in the pair and controlled our movements. I wanted to give a special shout out to Sam for her patience in dealing with my two left feet! I really enjoyed tango lessons and the day overall. Tomorrow’s trip to La Boca should be fun!
Highlight of the Day: Reading to the kids 😊