Posted on August 21, 2014 by jpoertner
Paraguay had a devastating flood that by some accounts displaced more than 300,000 people. While Paraguay experiences floods almost every year this was one of the worst in history. KPP member Ceci Martinez initiated a fund raising effort among Kansas-Paraguay supporters that resulted in raising substantial funds. Here is her report with some photos.
These are the results of our Bañado Sur campaign:
* We got two fifty-pound suitcases full of winter clothes. One went to Bañado Sur and the other to Bañado Tacumbú.
* A first total cash donation of $850.00 used to buy 82 blankets
* A second total cash donation of $330.00 that will be used to buy nonperishable food.
Thank you so very much to all of those who supported this effort especially toKansas Paraguay Partners for receiving the money donations.
As you see in the pictures, there is still a long way to go. Please, please, please support other efforts to help people who are still unable to go back to their homes.
Filed under: Emergency Preparedness, Health Committee | Tagged: Banado Sur Paraguay, Banado Tacumbu Paraguay, Ceci Martinez, Paraguayan Flood | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 12, 2014 by jpoertner
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.
Filed under: News from Paraguay | Tagged: Paraguayan Women's Soccer, Women's World Cup team | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 9, 2014 by jpoertner
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.
Filed under: Civil Society, News from Paraguay | Tagged: Only a Game, Paraguayan Women's Soccer, Paraguayan Women's Soccer Team | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 4, 2014 by jpoertner
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.
Filed under: History, News from Paraguay | Tagged: asuncion, Paraguayan train | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 17, 2014 by jpoertner
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.
Filed under: Cultural Arts, Health Committee, News from Paraguay | Tagged: asuncion, Hospital de Clinicas, t, Teresita Gonzalez | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 15, 2014 by jpoertner
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.
Filed under: Civil Society, News from Paraguay | Tagged: Latin American countries, paraguay, Radio Free Europe | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 29, 2014 by jpoertner
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.
Filed under: Civil Society, Kansas Youth Ambassadors, Partners of the Americas | Tagged: American Youth Leadership Program, Comite Py Kansas, Jay Newton, kansas paraguay partners, Partners fo the Americas, Steve Richards, Tina Williams, Tirzah Richards, Washburn University | Leave a comment »