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Care or money

During the research with a a group of women, a disagreement occurred. This disagreement was based on points that childcare as the name implies does not need money but essentially care. In explaining their divergent views, the proponent for money as most essential said it will be difficult to engage in childcare activity if there is no money. On the other hand the proponent for care disagreed and said that if there is care, there is a willingness to sacrifice, sacrifice by walking miles to the hospital to get your child weighed in and checked up on, even when the parent has not eaten.

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My research made me so aware of the immense sacrifice and hardwork that goes into taking care of children from birth to the age of six, especially for parents in low income communities. Soo many things were learnt from the research in fields of nutrition, health and communal support.
One of the most interesting things learnt from the research concerning nutrition was that the food sold in markets in the low income communities are less nutritious and  expensive. Expensive because of the use of fertilizers and weedicides during crop growth. Also, food is less nutritious because of the length with which the food stays on the market and the time used for transporatation.

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Thanks for sharing this important story which highlights various tensions on the ground in low income communities, Papa.

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