“The pain that poverty has to cause us is what will lead us to respond”


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He Jesuit priest Rodrigo Zarazaga, President of the Center for Research and Social Action (CIAS) and reference of the NGO Seamos Uno, referred this Thursday to the social rift that became visible during the long social isolation by the coronavirus when participating in the 56 Annual Colloquium of the Institute for Business Development of Argentina (IDEA).

“We live the quarantine in a radically different way, one thing is the delivery quarantine, going to premium Spotify and Netflix and stocking up on wine. And another is the quarantine of 15 piled up in a box, with 7 or 8 brothers sharing the credit of the cell phone to do homework and go out with the car to find cardboard or something to resell and that there is less and less, “he reflected. “One thing is the green of the garden of a house and another the gray of a garbage dump.”

“Inequality enters even through the senses,” said Zarazaga.

“What We Be One helped us to look out a bit, cross that bridge and live it a bit like the other does. From that experience we have to answer what country we want to be. I remember when we couldn’t get enough cans of peaches because they were expensive In a box a boy grabs a can of peaches and says he hadn’t eaten peaches for so long, we left there and said ‘peaches don’t touch’ “.

“Let’s be One taught me to bring worlds closer together, that when we enter the world of the other, it transforms us,” said Zarazaga, who stated: “We want a country with business leadership that does not leave the country, that they do not leave us, that they stay do what they know how to do, invest, produce wealth efficiently. You answer that question by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. ”

“We have to allow ourselves to be questioned fundamentally by that inequality, which is the pain that poverty has to cause us to lead us to the answer of which country we want to be,” said Zarazaga.

On the birth and social actions of Let’s be one, the priest explained that there was “a path that started with my participation in the 2016 IDEA colloquium, and that connects with what we began to live since last March with the pandemic, and how it was going to hit the great structural poverty that we were already dragging in the country. ”

We started to think about those families who were going to see their children hungry, and that scared us a lot, and quickly the IDEA people picked up the glove. “said Zarazaga when exposing together with businessmen Gastón Remy and Inés Cura, both also referents of Seamos Uno,

“If we put all the food plates that were delivered, one next to the other, it would mean three times roundtrip the distance between Ushuaia and La Quiaca, or 750 trips of a Hercules plane full of food”, graphic helps Zarazaga, doctor in Political Science and a degree in Philosophy and Theology.

Along these lines, he said that he thought of “a commitment to deliver a million boxes with food and hygiene products, which meant something like 60 million servings, a delusion, perhaps, but that was achieved.”

He described as “contagious passion” the dream that gave rise to a “broad project with such diverse participations.” In that sense, he listed that “competing companies, churches that sometimes have tensions in the territory, Jesuits, evangelical pastors, food banks, all laying down egos to meet that goal that seemed so ambitious” participated.

In this context, he specified that “The north we had, to do something so that children do not go hungry, accommodated the work of all sectors, between the different Churches, in the public sector, in the private sector.”

The Jesuit religious asserted that “For almost six months we distributed 500,000 rations per day, and the attitude of the donors allowed a box to go out every 5 seconds” to different popular neighborhoods in the suburbs and the city of Buenos Aires, “with 5000 volunteers, a set of heroes and heroines, in each neighborhood, in each community center.”

He recognized that “businessmen picked up the glove in the face of inequality and the reality of poverty, with a healthy competition between us in the search for donations“and” we celebrate each donation as if it were a goal of the National Team, “shared Zarazaga with the group of business personalities.


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