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Implementing the Millennium Development Goals has taught me a few things about the difficulties of running a country, how to spend money and how to prioritize. Budgeting was one of the most challenging aspects, because even though we had to spend money on each MDG, it was shocking to see just how short vasts amounts of money can stretch. I had to combine a lot of goals just to make them attainable. Paraguay doesn't seem like such a big place, but when zooming in on Google Maps it is easy to get lost within one place and trying to keep track of every geographic location.
What challenged me more was to become conscious of all of the problems in Paraguay, including the lack of clean water. I know of a company that uses filters to generate clean water, and I thought that would be essential to have in each community. My goals became very community based, which realistically could lead to many problems in Paraguay - but it could also solve some. I learned that in Ecuador, going to the neighborhood school is actually very common and it's a normality that everyone from that general area attends that school. My hopes are that Paraguay will be able to have a foundation through this funding, and then be able to expand to larger things without losing the hard work that was put into reforming it.
While I thoroughly enjoyed my original Blogspot, I found that Weebly allowed me to do a lot more with design and making things look interesting. My greatest resource for design would actually be a Tumblr, but we cannot access it in school, thus leaving me with more problems than I can handle. However, having all of the information ready to go because of the steps we took made the final process easy. In total, I learned a lot about a place that I'd known nothing about, as well as other places. While the computer is a great resources, I still feel that there is so much that I don't know. If I could visit different regions in Paraguay, to see for myself exactly what some issues are, I could better solve the problems. Many politicians do not take the time out to investigate, and that bothers me. Everything that I do not like about political issues can sometimes become the exact things that I do. This leads me to the belief that most people have good intentions even when their decisions do not seem so.
For instance, with the Philadelphia School District closings many buildings are being shut down and students have to relocate regardless of how much the case is fought. It is a great economic decision, but horrible for those who have to live with the situation. What I would change about that situation is finding some sort of alternative to assure that the children in 11th grade have everything they need for college. Then, with the merged schools, I'd reconstruct the way each one functions to adhere to the needs of the community and students. This same concept of fixing the mess that was made is what I'd do with Paraguay. If there was something that went wrong, the money that is 'saved' for that MDG would go toward fixing it. All of it reminds me of one of my childhood songs, If I Ruled The World by Nas and Lauryn Hill. This project is the application of the messages behind the song.