Monthly Archives: October 2020

Moving through continents

After 12 years spent in Chile, filled with cultural and job experiences, it is time to take one step further in the path of life and take on an adventure to Africa. I arrived in Chile in 2008 due to a job in a Spanish company that supplies equipment to the mining industry. After a long road through several companies in different mining processes and several mines in the north of Chile, the moment to take on another path towards new and rewarding challenges and experiences got here. 

Africa has always caught my attention because of its ancient culture and rituals that are still around in the XXI century, unconnected to the maelstrom of globalization. Also due to the great necessity of basic resources that rural zones have, like food and drinking water. The ultimate boost that I needed to make the choice to spend a period of my life in Africa came from Andrea, nurse by profession and my girlfriend. Her unwavering vocation to help others drives us to make the decision to go across the Atlantic to help those who need it most. 

We are waiting to be able to take on the Africa dream soon, when the global health situation allows us to travel safely so we can fulfill one of the most unforgettable dreams and experiences of life.

Javier Fresnillo

 

To be a tribe

The time to make important decisions for our country is coming. Every person that is part of this great community will decide the path we want to take to move forward. There is no space for individuality, everyone is needed. Individuality or the lack of being a community caused us to disconnect from each other, they made us avoid solving the problems that became present. We prioritize our personal interest and we postpone solutions in search of the common good.

This makes me contemplate my experience as a volunteer in the province of Limpopo, in South Africa. I noticed how important the Tsonga tribe is, how important it is to belong to a community. They made me feel like I was part of their tribe, of their people; they made me understand that both man and women cannot live isolated. Isolation means to take a step back, but now that we are together, it means we are stronger and we are growing. In consequence, the more cohesive our country is, the better outreach we will have for development. 

To be able to achieve this, we have to make a commitment first, for the common goal. We need to be resilient and of course, to be respectful to others. Without this, we cannot move forward together.

This grand community made of diverse citizens who are equal in rights, has the main duty to be a part of the democratic process; an unprecedented fact in our independent history: to decide if we want to maintain or to rewrite a new constitution.

There are processes that the Constitution will not stop, like the globalization of society in all its forms or the technological revolution. Both of them break barriers that seemed too difficult to break and they have contributed to democratizing the access to knowledge. On the other hand, it exposes and challenges us in other problems that we weren’t used to, like immigration and the emergence of pandemics.

Whichever the result is next October, we have to uphold it, we must sit to listen and talk about it. It will not be an easy process, but we have to contribute wisely and with patience. We cannot remain disconnected; we must collaborate in the search of a prized unity that will make us all feel part of this great tribe. 

 

Ignacio Vilches

 

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