Kick-Off -& Asobi Gokoro (I) Teoría de la Buena Educación -> Buen Trabajo

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Tras el inicio de nuestro proyecto,  Kick-Off ( vídeo ), me decidí a escribir una serie de artículos dedicados al tema de educación y al deporte con la intención de ayudar a explicar nuestra visión y esperanzas para este proyecto. Al mismo tiempo, me gustaría aplicar mis propios pensamientos e ideas.

La educación y el deporte (la esencia del juego) son dos temas que captan profundamente mi atención y dan lugar a mis propia aspiraciones. Me tomará más de un  artículo explicar todo, así que he dividido mis pensamientos en 5 artículos: 

Tema 1 : “ Educación 

Tema 2: “El deporte y la esencia del juego 

Tema 3: “Educación x juego”

Tema 4: “Educación x Juego = Puerta de entrada para el Desarrollo Internacional”

Tema 5: “Origen del proyecto y los orígenes de mi sueño Asobi-Gokoro 

Estaré publicando cada artículo semanalmente. En estos artículos, reflejaré mi experiencia personal para explicar mis ideas. Sin embargo, es mi intención presentar la raíz de la implementación de nuestro proyecto Kick-Off. Confío en decir que este no es un  buen proyecto  , sino que estamos introduciendo un proyecto potencialmente  i n c r e í b l e.

Antes de entrar a desarrollar el contenido, quiero compartir algo sobre mí. Estoy entusiasmado con este tema y siempre quise compartir mis ideas con los demás. Pero, mi personalidad discreta , siendo Japonés , me ha hecho dudar un poco sobre compartir abiertamente mis ideas de manera pública. Además, a menudo sentía que tenía que estar perfectamente escrito para ser aprobado y alabado por otros. Pero me he dado cuenta que mi ideal perfeccionista no me hace ningún bien, así que he cambiado de opinión. Es como haber retirado una enorme carga de mi hombros. Por ello, escribiré este artículo de una manera muy franca, ya que hablo por varias razones. Uno, creo que comparte mi mensaje mucho más fácil y más claro para todo el mundo. Dos, me permite ser abierto y transparente con mis ideas. Tres, solo hace que mi vida sea más fácil al escribir en el estilo con el que me siento más cómodo.

Así que estoy seguro que no está perfectamente escrito, pero estoy muy feliz compartiéndolo con ustedes de esta forma.

Mi primer artículo de esta semana es la parte 1 del tema 1 “Educación”. Para explicar el proyecto desde sus raíces y para entender de educación que tenemos en Nexos Comunitarios.

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 Tema 1 “Educación”

Episodio 1: Buena educación -> Teoría del buen trabajo 

Bien, en este artículo, mi objetivo es identificar el discurso dominante sobre cómo entendemos la “educación”. Primera pregunta, ¿qué es la educación? Te pido que no actúes como ‘sabelotodo’  tratando de terminar esta discusión buscando la definición de educación en el diccionario. Lo que intenté hacer es un poco más que eso. Pero, en busca de la definición ir al diccionario es un buen punto de partida. Según el diccionario (que está incorporado en mi MacBook), educación es “el proceso de recibir o dar instrucción sistemática, especialmente en una escuela o universidad”. Creo que no habrá una sola persona que no esté de acuerdo con esta definición. De hecho, la educación se ha convertido en una norma tal en nuestras vidas que no nos tomamos mucho tiempo para pensar realmente en ello profundamente. Si pudiera tener una máquina del tiempo y volver al 2010 cuando comencé mi vida en la escuela secundaria , probablemente habría tenido la siguiente conversación conmigo mismo … 

Yo 2019: “Oye, ¿acabo de acceder a una máquina del tiempo para hacerte algunas preguntas?”

Yo 2010: “  bueno”

Yo 2019: “Muy bien, mi primera pregunta es … ¿qué significa tener una buena educación?

Yo 2010: “… ¿Esa es la pregunta? … Pensé que sería algo más interesante”.

Yo 2019: “Bueno, este es un tema muy interesante. Y pronto te darás cuenta … en unos 9 años “.

Yo 2010: “…. Está bien … Supongo que tener una buena educación es ir  bien en la escuela “.

Yo 2019: “¿Y qué significa ir bien en la escuela?  

Yo 2010: “ Ah …. Significa estudiar mucho y sacar una buena nota ”

Yo 2019: “¿Por qué es importante recibir una buena calificación?”

Yo 2010: “…. Las necesitas para ser admitido en buenas universidades “.

Yo de 2019: “Y¿ Por qué ir a una buena universidad es tan importante? 

Yo 2010: “… Dios mío … ¿es esta una pregunta interminable?

Yo 2019:  No, no no , no te preocupes , no lo es ”.

Yo 2010: “… ok … porque un título de una buena universidad puede conseguirnos un buen trabajo”.

Yo 2019: “¿Así que vas a ir a la universidad para conseguir un buen trabajo?”

Yo 2010: “Bueno… no solo eso…. una buena educación también nos da  conocimiento y habilidades. Bueno, para empezar sin el conocimiento, ni siquiera se puede obtener una buena nota ni ser aceptado en la universidad, por supuesto … “

Yo 2019: “Bien, entonces, ¿qué quieres decir con un  buen trabajo ‘? ¿Y por qué es importante?

Yo 2010: “… un buen trabajo es básicamente un buen sueldo. Y es importante porque necesitas dinero para tener éxito “

Yo 2019: “Bueno, para resumir, ¿estás recibiendo educación para adquirir conocimientos que te permitan tener un trabajo bien pagado para tener éxito?”

Yo 2010: “ Umm … sí, supongo que puedes decir eso”.

¿Con qué te quedas de esta conversación? Primero, ves como Yo 2010  me encuentro aparentemente  confundido e incluso irritado por haber tenido que responder a tantas preguntas sobre la escuela. Estaba atravesando por la adolescencia en una fase rebelde, así que es comprensible. En segundo lugar, se ve un vínculo claro entre “buena educación”, “buen título”, “buen trabajo”, “vida exitosa”. Si el niño A  con un alto rendimiento académico que tiene la capacidad de ir a una universidad de prestigio , y el niño B ‘, un analfabeta y siempre en problemas en la escuela. Aunque suene como una pregunta dura: ¿a quién quieres tener como hijo? Probablemente al niño A  , porque tiene un una mejor educación  que les permite tener mejores oportunidades en la vida.

Creo que este es el entendimiento común de cómo vemos la educación en general. De hecho, después de vivir en el extranjero, me di cuenta de la intensidad por la que pasan los estudiantes japoneses para ingresar a las universidades.  Durante el último año de secundaria nos dedicamos al examen de ingreso de las universidades. Yo estaba en una escuela secundaria, relativamente competitiva académicamente y recuerdo a nuestros maestros diciéndonos:  “ necesitan por lo menos 10 horas al  día para prepararse para el examen de admisión de las universidades. Esto determinará su carrera.” Fue, y sigue siendo muy común para nosotros el asistir a las escuelas de cursos intensivos para prepararnos para el examen de admisión para la universidad. Muchos de mis amigos fueron directamente a estas escuelas, directamente después de la escuela secundaria para estudiar allí hasta las 10 p.m. y luego realizar los deberes en la casa. Prácticamente, estudiamos de 08 a.m.-10 p.m., todos los días …. si te preguntas si estudié en esa escuela, la respuesta es No.  Decidí aplicar a universidad en Canadá, donde no había una prueba de admisión (solo bastaba la certificación de la escuela secundaria). Así que en realidad estaba muy aburrido en mi último año de la escuela secundaria sin tener a nadie con quien salir después de clases. Recuerdo que estaba haciendo un trabajo a tiempo parcial y vi toda la serie de ‘Prison Break’, como una excusa para “practicar mi Inglés ”. De todos modos, se ve cómo priorizamos tanto la aceptación en  las universidades que la  “EDUCACIÓN” se convirtió en  el “estudio para  entrar en buenas universidades.” El peso de los nombres de las universidades, es tan grande, que genera grandes ventajas ( y desventajas ) cuando estás desarrollando tu carrera.

Personalmente quiero llamar a esta buena educación = teoría del buen trabajo. No solo Japón, en el campo del desarrollo internacional, la educación siempre es un tema crucial y creo que la buena educación -> la teoría del buen trabajo es el discurso dominante . Discutiré la relación entre educación y desarrollo internacional en mi Tema. 4 : “Educación x juego = Portal para el desarrollo internacional” .

Entonces, lo que quería mencionar en este artículo es que la buena educación -> la teoría del buen trabajo es un discurso dominante. Pero quiero que piensen detenidamente : ¿ es así como debe interpretarse la educación? Lo que me he dado cuenta especialmente durante estos dos años de experiencia en el trabajo como un trabajador de campo en el Perú es que he empezado piense ing en una perspectiva diferente. Para aclarar, no estoy negando la importancia de una buena educación -> teoría del buen trabajo. De ningún modo. De hecho, es crucial en nuestra sociedad capitalista. Lo que me gusta abordar es que creo que hay otra teoría que se ha pasado por alto o que se ha subestimado en la sombra de la presencia de una buena educación -> teoría del buen trabajo. Es decir, lo que yo llamo buena educación -> buena teoría humana. Seguiré discutiendo este tema en mi próximo artículo, parte 2 del Tema 1 “Educación” . ¡Creo que será algo que valdrá la pena leer!

Y, ¡gracias por leer mi primer artículo!

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Kick-Off -> Asobi Gokoro (I) The Education -> Good Job Theory

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Following the implementation of our (Nexos Comunitarios) ‘Kick-Off’ project (video), I decided to write a series of articles dedicated to the issue of education and sport with the intention to help us explain our vision and hopes towards this project. At the same time, I would l like to apply my own thoughts and ideas.

This topic of education and sport (the essence of play) is something that deeply captures my attention and gives rise to my own aspirations. It would take much longer than a single article to explain everything so I have divided my articles into five sections.

Theme 1: “Education”

Theme 2: “Sport and the Essence of Play”

Theme 3: “Education x Play”

Theme 4: “Education x Play = Gateway for international development”

Theme 5: “Origin of the Kick-Off Project and the origins of my dream Asobi-Gokoro

I will be posting each article weekly. In these articles, I will be reflecting on my personal experience to explain my ideas. However, it is my intention to introduce you to the root of the implementation of our Kick-Off project. I am confident in saying that this is not just any ‘good project’, but that we are introducing a potentially amazing project.

Before we get into the content, I want to share a small thing about myself. I am enthusiastic about this topic and I always wanted to share my belief with others. But, my discreet personality, being Japanese, has made me little hesitant towards openly sharing my ideas on social media. Also, I often felt it needed to be perfectly written to be approved of and praised by others. But I have realized this perfectionist ideal of mine is doing no good for me, so I have changed my mind. It is like having lifted a huge burden from my shoulders. You will find it soon enough, but I will be writing this article in a very frank way as I speak for several reasons. One, I believe it conveys my message much easier and clearer for everyone. Two, it allows me to be open and transparent with my ideas. Three, it just makes my life easier by writing in the style that I am most comfortable with.

So I’m sure it is not perfectly written, but I’m pretty happy to have it this way.

My first article for this week is part 1 of Theme 1 “Education”. In order to explain the Kick-Off project, this is essential reading to understand how NC sees education.

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Theme 1 “Education”

Part 1: Good Education -> Good Job theory

Okay, so in this article, my goal is to identify the dominant discourse of how we understand “education”. First question, “what is education”? Don’t be a smart-ass and try to end this discussion by searching the definition of education in the dictionary. What I intend to do is a little more than that. But, looking for the definition will be a good place to start.  According to the dictionary (that it is embedded in my MacBook), it states “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.” I believe there will be a no single person who will disagree with this definition. Indeed, education has become such a norm in our lives that we do not take much time to really think about it deeply. If I could have a time machine and go back to 2010 when I started my high school life, I would probably have had the following conversation with myself…

Me 2019: “Hey I just took a time machine to ask you some questions?”

Me 2010: “….. okay”

Me 2019: “Okay so, my first question is… what does it mean having a good education?

Me 2010: “… That’s the question?… I thought it would be something more interesting.”

Me 2019: “Well this is a pretty interesting topic. And you will soon realize… in about 9 years.”

Me 2010: “…. Okay… I guess having a good education is doing good at school.”

Me 2019: “And what does it mean by doing good in school?”

Me 2010: “Ah…. It means to study hard and get a good grade”

Me 2019: “Why receiving good grade is important?”

Me 2010: “…. Because, you kind of need that to get into good universities.”

Me 2019: “And why is that going to a good university important?”

Me 2010: “… omg… is this an endless question?

Me 2019: “No no no, don’t worry, it is not.”

Me 2010: “…ok… because a degree from a good university can get us a good job.”

Me 2019: “So you are going to university to get a good job?”

Me 2010: “Well… not just that…. I’ll say… education also gives us knowledge and skills. Well, to begin with without knowledge, you can’t even get a good grade nor get accepted into university, of course…”

Me 2019: “Okay, then, what do you mean by a ‘good job’ and why it is important?”

Me 2010: “… a good job is basically a good paid job. And it’s important because you need money to be successful.”

Me 2019: “Okay so to summarize, you are receiving education to gain knowledge that allows you to have a good paid job to be successful?”

Me 2010: “Umm… yes I guess you can say that.”

What do you see from this conversation? First, you see ‘Me 2010’ as seemingly confused and even irritated about been asked so many questions about school. I was in the middle of a teenager going through a rebellious phase, so it’s understandable. Second, you see a clear linkage between “good education” – “good degree” – “good job” – “Successful life”. If there is ‘child A’ with a high academic achievement that has the capacity to go a prestigious university, and ‘child B’ who is illiterate and always in trouble at school, which do you prefer to have as your kid? Probably ‘child A’, because they have a much better education that allows them to have greater opportunities in life.

I believe this is a common understanding of how we see education in general. Indeed, after living abroad, I realized how intense Japanese students study to get into universities. During the last year of high school, we dedicate ourselves for the entrance exam of universities. I was in a relatively academically competitive high school, and remember our teachers telling us “at least study 10 hours per day to prepare yourself for the entrance exam of universities. This will determine your career.” It was and still is, very common for us to go to cramming school to study just to prepare ourselves for the entrance exam for the university that you want to get in. Many of my friends went straight to cramming school after school and studied there until around 10 pm and then go home. So pretty much studying from 8am to 10 pm, everyday… You might be wondering if I was studying like this. No, I wasn’t. I applied for university in Canada where there were no entrance exams (just with the grade from my high school). So I was actually super bored in my last year of high school having no-one to hang out with after school. I remember I was doing a part-time job and watching the whole series of ‘Prison Break’, as an excuse to “practice my English”. Anyway, you see how we prioritized so much on getting accepted for universities that “education” became as more like “studying to get into good universities.” The value placed upon the names of universities is so strong that it gives great advantages (and disadvantages) when you are searching for your career.

I personally want to call this good education = good job theory. Not just Japan, in the field of international development, education is always a crucial topic and I believe good education -> good job theory is the dominant discourse. I will discuss the relationship between education and international development in my Theme 4: “Education x Play = Gateway for international development”.

So, what I wanted to mention in this article is that good education -> good job theory is a dominant discourse. But I want you to think carefully: is this how education should be interpreted? What I have realized especially during these two years of experience in working as a field worker in Peru is that I have started thinking in a different perspective. To clarify, I am not denying the importance of good education -> good job theory. Not at all. Indeed, it is crucial in our capitalist society. What I like to address is that I feel there is another theory have been overlooked or undervalued in the shade of the presence of good education -> good job theory. That is, what I call good education -> good human theory. I will further discuss this topic in my next article part 2 of Theme 1 “Education”. I believe it will be something will be worth reading!

And, thank you for reading my first article!

 

 

My ASB Peru Experience – Alec Popa

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My name is Alec Popa. I’m a third year Medical Sciences student from Western University and I participated on ASB Peru in May of 2018.

 

MIGUEL ANGEL ARREATEGUI RODRIGUEZ            From the beginning it became very clear that the overall theme of this trip was community. On our first day we met the amazing team at Nexos Comunitarios, who immediately made us feel part of their family. They also became our teachers, providing workshops throughout the trip and turning this ASB into an excellent cultural learning experience as well. Our adventure took place in the small town of Cuncani. Cuncani is a very isolated and underprivileged town. Their survival is dependent on the strong community they’ve created. And we were welcomed into this community the moment we arrived. When we arrived at the school where we would be staying for the week all of the children were lined up waiting to welcome us. They ASB May 2018-11introduced themselves and we made a high-five tunnel. It was a very fun way to break the ice and introduce us to the community. What I believe sets this ASB experience apart from the rest is how close we grew to the community. In a typical day I would wake up early, and the first thing I would do is hike one of the many incredible mountain peaks surrounding the village. Then we would start our day in the kindergarten class playing games and making art with the young children. Next, we ate a lunch that was prepared for us by the mothers of the community, made using ingredients pooled together by all the families in Cuncani. Many of these mothers had to walk an hour or more to make lunch for their children and for us, and they do it every day. I was very moved by the difficult lengths these mothers go through to ensure their child has a healthy lunch and I was very touched to be included in their lunch time preparations. This experience was ASB May 2018-4an excellent lesson in humanity. These people who have so little still work so hard and spend every last resource they have to improve the lives of their children. After lunch we moved to either a grade 3/4 or grade 5/6 classroom where we worked with the children on a science project. Funding for these schools is relatively low and as such science is a difficult subject to teach. We were able to bring with us inexpensive paper microscopes called “foldscopes.” With our foldscopes we taught the children about germs and they were even able to visualize them for the first time in their lives.

 

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Our trip was defined by a sense of community unlike any I had ever experienced before and an unrelenting work ethic in the face of adversity. A week in isolation and seeing how much these parents do for their children put so much in perspective. Throughout the trip we had excellent group reflections on technology, privilege, wealth, education, health and so many other topics that we take for granted living in Canada. Overall, the trip was incredibly rewarding and we felt part of a larger project that makes a real difference in the lives of these children. If you wish to learn about another part of the world and volunteer for a truly community-driven organization then this is the trip for you.

Alternative Spring Break with Nexos Comunitarios – Colleen Martin

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My name is Colleen from Western University and I was a participant of Western University’s Alternate Spring Break (ASB) in May 2018. During that time, we travelled to Peru and had the privilege of working with Nexos Comunitarios! Alternate Spring Break is a program that travels worldwide and aims to teach participants about the community’s’ ways of life, common challenges, understanding their long-term goals and engaging with community members. This means each experience is different and uniquely rewarding.

 

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During my time in Peru, we spent a week in Cuncani working with children as young as 2 up to age 12 to teach the importance of washing your hands. We did this by teaching the kids about germs through a play, asking them to draw what they thought germs looked like and using foldscopes (paper microscopes) to show what germs actually look like for them to compare results. Once we had samples under the foldscopes the kids were eagerly looking over each other’s shoulders to get a turn and see the germs. It was a relief to see the project go over well because this was the first time it had been done in the community. After this project, our ASB group went to community members homes to see how they live. Both projects had reports written to communicate our findings that Nexos will use as they continue with their initiatives. Our community partner, Nexos also provided us with cultural workshops to understand Peruvian culture and society better. This really amplified the cultural significance of the trip.

ASB May 2018-7This trip allows participants to gain invaluable learning opportunities from beingoutside the classroom and in a new community, being immersed in a different culture and working with a community partner to be a helping hand in the initiatives. Each initiative is based on current community needs which makes this trip so beneficial to the community.

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Cuncani 2018 – Suhaima Tunio


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I want to sincerely thank Nexos Comunitarios for allowing me to participate in life-changing service-learning opportunity in Peru. This experience was a challenging one, but it was extremely rewarding. Thanks to the enduring partnership that Nexos has with the community and the community-driven nature of the organization, we were able to assist this community in promoting health among their school-aged children.

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Students from Western University, including me, volunteered at a school in Cuncani. Cuncani is an extremely impoverished, isolated, and rural area without hot-water access and the nearest town being a 2-hour trek away. Through working with the children living in this region, I got the chance to apply my learning about global health, health promotion, and the social determinants of health from my lectures at Western University. I watched all of my textbook learning come to life and I understood the importance of so many different health concepts.

peru - 1 (58)This program was developed using certain facets of the health promotion framework including process documentation and effective program development. I was thrilled to have taken part in promoting health education and teaching the children about germs, health, and hygiene. Without the long-standing partnerships between Western University and Nexos Comunitarios, I would have never realized that such a beautiful community like Cuncani existed and that I could play a role, albeit small, in the health promotion of this community.

When we were there, we improved certain hygienic practices such as hand-washing and introduced low-cost microscopes, called Foldscopes, to allow children to explore the microscopic mechanisms of germ-spread. We were also involved in the pedagogical documentation of these children in order to track their development and learning. Finally, we developed marketing materials (such as photographs and testimonials) to promote tourism in Cuncani so that hikers and other adventurers who are exploring the Andes can stay in the houses of these families to help generate income within the families.

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Furthermore, I realized how difficult it was for me to live in the mountains, yet how accustomed such young children were to this area. It was truly inspiring to see their resilience towards the altitude and the lack of hot water. This experience taught me that so many different factors can play such a huge role in the health of a community such as the living environment, community social support, isolation, food-availability, and education. All these components must come together and be considered when aiming for health promotion.
Another notable feature of this community was that these families were almost entirely self-sufficient. Living in such an isolated and rural area, they had adapted to their environment by making their own clothes and farming their own food, in which many traditions were passed on since the spectacular culture of the Incan empire. Most of them had even made their own houses! They all owned animals including alpacas, chicken, and sheep and they utilized their resources in any way that they could. Manure was repurposed as fuel for the fire and also fertilizer for farming. The community in Cuncani taught me that the human-spirit is incredibly strong, and that people can tame the mountains to make it their home.

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After returning to Lima and going to a memorial regarding Peru’s recent political history, we learned about the horrific genocides from terrorist groups against Peruvian aboriginal communities. Coming out, I felt that this paralleled some of the aboriginal issues that Canada deals with. This experience further highlighted the importance to support Cuncani due to its aboriginal roots and the systematic isolation. In this way, I feel that I learned more about Canadian history and realized that human history is extremely similar worldwide.
This service-learning opportunity was truly remarkable and has allowed me to grow both academically and personally. Not only was I able to use what I had learned in class to assist in a community-driven project, ASB Peru helped me to learn valuable lessons about gratitude, resilience, and cultural competence.

 

¿Han visto el mar? Sí, en el mapa

Por María Bravo Ortega (Nexos Comunitarios)

Yo tenía un sueño, vivir con una comunidad alto-andina. Este sueño me trajo hasta Perú, en concreto, hasta Cuncani, una comunidad alejada en medio de un paisaje paradisiaco, altísimas montañas de un verde especial, mezcla del pasto con flores y musgos de tonalidades verdes, amarillas y ocres. Los nevados parecen tocar la neblina que se desplaza como jugando al escondite, aparece y desaparece entre los picos; las cascadas de agua se precipitan por las laderas con devoción, su juego acaba en el rio estrellándose por las rocas, cantando la canción que solo el agua, al precipitarse, sabe cantar.

Ahí, en ese lugar están los niños y niñas en la escuela, desconocedores de las tecnologías y de la vida que transcurre más allá de su Cuncani, como mucho llegaron hasta Lares, la población más cercana a ellos a la cual llegan, principalmente, tras dos horas de caminata ya que no disponen de transporte público.

Ahí, en ese lugar me encontré con la esencia más pura, niñas y niños inocentes, limpios de alma, desconocedores de la vida que hay más allá de su mundo, un mundo que mostrado a través de fotografías les abre los ojos; hace poco les pregunté: ¿han visto el mar? Si, en el mapa, contestaron alegres, con una inmensa sonrisa.

Cuando les mostré fotos del mar y les dije que se podían bañar, no daban crédito a lo que oían, ¿bañarse en el mar? Noooo…. decían con caritas de asombro y esa mezcla de incredulidad que solo da la inocencia.

Llevar a estos niños a ver el mar pues no saben lo que es una ola, es un sueño para Nexos Comunitarios, un sueño quizá para esta Navidad 2018. ¿Qué te parece la idea?

Quizá juntos podemos cambiar la respuesta a esta pregunta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El reto Chasqui: aceptado y cumplido

Por Nicholas Bruce (Periodista, Miembro del Consejo Consultivo de Nexos Comunitarios)

Andrew, Kenji y Sr. Nico, socio de la comunidad de Cuncani quien muy amablemente los acompañó durante la caminata.

Un reto pretende ser simplemente eso, un reto. Algo extra ordinario. Algo que demanda extra esfuerzo. Al final, algo que puede otorgar extra satisfacción. Hacer una caminata por 13 horas seguidas a más de 4,000 metros no es  una tarea fácil. Manejar bicicleta por 11 horas consecutivas es una hazaña a cualquier altura. Los esfuerzos de Kenji y Andrew son fenomenales y los aplaudimos. No solo por estos números, sino también por su persistencia para continuar a pesar de haber hecho una visita al centro de salud durante el camino. Incluso después de tener un problema con la rodilla.  Incluso después de manejar con una bicicleta que solo permitía avanzar en un cambio.  Aun después de algunas demoras y de más horas de las planificadas. Aun este duo, persistió y supo sudarla.

Además de esto, el propósito del reto, no fue el enfocarse en los valientes extranjeros. Nada para vanagloriarse. El propósito fue traer algo de luz y atraer la atención porque a pesar del esfuerzo, éste fue por días, un fin de semana. Esfuerzos extra ordinarios son hechos a diario por la gente que vive en Cuncani.  Residentes de Cuncani. Los descendientes de los chasquis. Muchas generaciones, por muchos años,  han hechos caminatas en las aisladas comunidades de los Andes, en y alrededor de Cuncani.  Así como aplaudimos a Kenji y Andrew por la no pequeña hazaña, esperamos atraer la atención y reconocimiento sobre aquellos que hacen este esfuerzo cada día. De todas maneras, muy bien hecho.