Paraguayan Women’s Soccer 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.

http://onlyagame.wbur.org/2014/08/09/paraguayan-womens-soccer

New Train in Paraguay?

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.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2014/08/123_162325.html

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Hospital de Clinicas Documentary

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ofhUdOV03A

Paraguay is a Young Country

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.

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2627532_paraguay-must-deal-with-challenges-posed-by-young-population.html

 

Kansas American Youth Leadership Program Delegation

The Kansas delegation of American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) 2014, and family members, got acquainted June 23 evening. We appreciate the hospitality of KPP and especially Tina Williams at International House, Washburn University. Five youth from Topeka and Stilwell Kansas are part of 21 from 7 states who will travel to Washington and Paraguay during July. AYLP engages with new cultures to increase leadership skills and promote volunteer community service. It is funded by the US Dept. of State through Partners of the Americas. Comite Py Kansas will host in PY. Steve Richards is one of 3 mentors with the group.

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Paraguayans Sign to Play Soccer at Fort Hays State University

I knew that it was only a matter of time.  Fort Hays State University just announced that Paraguayans Silvana Romero and Veronica Kurtz have signed to play soccer. I challenge other soccer coaches in Kansas to go to Paraguay and check out the talent.

 http://fhsuathletics.com/news/2014/4/17/WSOC_0417145603.aspx

 

Driving in Paraguay

Anyone who has visited Paraguay has noticed or been appalled by the traffic.  Fortunately the one year that I lived in Paraguay I did not drive and had no interest in trying.  Just riding with someone else was enough anxiety for me.  When talking with a Paraguayan student back in Kansas he was flummoxed by driving in Kansas.  A memorable quote was; “You Americans are so crazy you stop at red lights even if there is no one else in the intersection.”  To get an idea of how an American in Paraguay experiences driving check out this post from the site Why Paraguay.

http://www.whyparaguay.com/content/2014/5/29/crazy-streets-driving-in-paraguay 

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