The latest Partners of the Americas blog included this piece about Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Brendan Hughes and Ronaldo a student in the community of Yhu. Ronaldo was chosen as a Youth Ambassador and visited Montana. He missed Kansas but we are still pleased with the success and the connection between the Peace Corps, Partners and Paraguay.
Charleville, Cork Ireland is having a weekend celebration (Sept. 19,20) of Eliza Lynch. So why is this on the Kansas-Paraguay blog? Because she became the “Queen of Paraguay.” It is a great story. So book now for an early fall trip to lovely Ireland. Then you could drop down to Paraguay.
Our partner country is making more headlines for its Women’s World Cup team. Wait a minute, the headline writer got the wrong country. Don’t let that fool you. It really is about Paraguay. This article is from north of the border. I don’t know if that explains naming the wrong country in the title.
I haven’t seen the team but they do seem to be impressive. Perhaps they could play a friendly in Kansas City against the US Women’s team.
I woke up this morning to hear a special report about the Paraguayan Women’s Soccer Team on Only a Game (public radio show). Nice report of the difficulty of girls wanting to play soccer in a country where the sport has been dominated by boys and men. Take a look.
Could it really be true? Check out this article that says that there is a contract with a South Korean company to explore light rain in Asuncion. Thanks to the British, Paraguay had the first train in South America. And then there is the joke that it is the last train in Paraguay. The photo below is from 2005 and is indeed a working steam locomotive. When I lived in Aregua the train woke me most mornings upon its arrival. Occasionally I would stumble out of my bed and watch it take on water. A blast from the past. Imagine Asuncion with light rail. I bet it wouldn’t be as low cost as the bus.
Paraguayan artist Teresita Gonzalez has made a 5 minute documentary video about Hospital de Clinicas. In existence for 117 years it is the primary charity hospital in Asuncion and always packed with people in need of health services. Teresita’s black and white photographs tell the story. There is an interview near the beginning which if you don’t speak Spanish might seem a bit long but it is worth watching to the end.
Here is an interesting and important piece about the youth of Paraguay. According to a recent study 66% of the Paraguayan population is under 30 years of age. Radio Free Europe recently put out a map that shows that 32% of the Paraguayan population is less than 14 years of age. This makes Paraguay one of the youngest countries in the world and ahead of most Latin American countries. In South American only Bolivia at 35% and Guyana at 36% have younger populations. That presents a real challenge and opportunity for the country. One particular challenge is education. Given the educational disparities it will be difficult to provide all of the countries youth a 21st Century education. If a family has resources, you can get a world class education. Otherwise it is a challenge.