Friday, August 25, 2006


Queridos amigos y parientes:
Lamento no haber podido traducir el articulo que podran ver a continuacion, pero de todas maneras las palabras importantes como Coronel, Concepcion, Andes, se entienden clarito. Este pequeno e ingenuo articulo fue publicado hoy viernes 26 de agosto en el diario Diss Express de Norfolk, Inglaterra. La edicion impresa trae mas fotos. Obviamente me he quedado en banca rota comprando todos los ejemplares que he pillado para llevarme a Conce. Para los que quieren ver el articulo publicado en la edicion digital del diario, por el momento, pueden ir a y buscar el ultimo articulo que aparece en los titulares, o bien, pueden ir directo a
England has such a high standard of life

The Diss Express regularly has young people on work experience but last week a student came from much further afield. Javiera Cornejo tells us more about her home country of Chile and her first impressions of life in Diss and Norfolk.

Chile is not just the Andes or Pinochet. Chile is, among other things, a country with a large amount of poverty but is looking for different ways to develop.It is a country that now has a democratic government and constitution and its 15 million habitants are spread between the icebergs and the Atacama desert in the southern end of South America.
I am 22 years old and study journalism in Concepcion, Chile's second city. I came to England to find out more about Britain's beautiful history and culture, and to discover more about journalists and the media, who have a great deal more power and freedom than in Chile. I also came to share some social work experiences with my Diss friend Irene Sayer, who has been helping the young people of my country for a long time. Four years ago, me and seven other college students started a social project called Cultivarte (to cultivate) in Coronel, one the most socially deprived areas of Chile. We decided to create a cultural centre for young people, affected mainly by unemployment and drug abuse, to provide them with a place where they could work on their artistic skills and make good use to their time. It is a place to receive help and support from their own peers or a place where they can become a volunteer to help other people. Thanks to Irene and the collaboration of the Methodist Church of England, we have been able to restore part of a big old house which the Chilean state gave us last year. And now I've also came to England to help Irene with a holiday club for children she organised at the Methodist Chapel in Bressingham.
When Irene first told me we were staying in Diss, which is in the countryside, I pictured an isolated town with bad and slow transportation services and just a few stores to buy groceries. That is what Chile's countryside is like. I expected England to be a little bigger than it is but otherwise similar. So, I was very surprised when I arrived to be able to enjoy the English countryside and the high standards in the way of life of the people who live here, the efficiency of the services, the care and respect for disabled people everywhere, the acceptance of diversity and, most of all, the beautiful gardens.

25 August 2006


Caely said...

¡Nuestra reportera famosa!... no me queda más que sentir orgullo.

Bien Javi, sigue dejando huella... pero no cualquier huella tampoco!!!


ZIZAYO said...

Grande javiiiiiii. Grande Coronel, Grande Cultivarte...

polo said...


Hemos comentado el artículo y aunque su efecto inmediato no es perceptible , tendrá mucha utilidad como documento de la práctica solidaria y de la participación.-
Un abrazo y besos...