Monthly Archives: September 2020

Living the pandemic in our Foundation

Without a doubt, the pandemic has forced us to reinvent ourselves as a foundation, furthermore, to realize that no matter the circumstances we keep with all the desire, commitment, and energy to keep helping as much in Chile as in Africa. And with more conviction than ever, since sadly all this context has brought as consequence a growth in extreme poverty.

Every life through and experience invites us to reflect. Especially in this pandemic, which has caused a transformation in our interpersonal relationships, daily life, and social behaviors, consequently, invites us to question ourselves by the meaning that we want to give to everything that is happening with Covid-19 and think about. Thus, I believe that we as a foundation, we couldn’t miss this opportunity, and to see it as a moment to test self-learning, creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative work between everyone who is part of Africa Dream; volunteers, directors, partners, and contributors.

In the last six months, we have had the opportunity to assemble teams with different professionals, reaching to 6 projects for the more vulnerable areas of our country, and three more in process, which will be presented to the Social Development Ministry (Ministerio de Desarrollo Social).

If we focus in Africa, today we are working to present 2 projects to competitive funds as much for Kenia as Eswatini, centering on water wells, agriculture, and rehab of children with special needs. Besides, we have 12 eager volunteers waiting to depart to Kenia, Ethiopia, and Eswatini, as soon as there are conditions to travel. As Frank M. Snowden, an American history teacher and writer said a few months ago: “Crisis can persuade people that a different world can be created and imagined, urgently. And our bonds can be reimagined somehow that can be healthier, more equal and, also can save our planet”. 

 

Karla Jiménez

Director

 

Why Africa?

Catalina Rodriguez

“Why Africa?” Probably, this is the most frequent question that people ask you. And I answer with another question, Why not? Have you ever wondered, why is Africa one of the poorest continents, when it has the most organic, tourist, and cultural wealth? Does it seem to you that they have plenty of tools and hands to use them?

Here are my hands, feet, profession and enthusiasm. 

Two months ago, I turned 3 years being a Veterinary surgeon, but it has been more than 10 years dreaming with this continent.  

At the age of 18, I entered college, and I remember filling the room of the hostel with posters saying, “You must study to go to Africa”. That written hand poster, it gave me the strength to finish my career, and every time that I stood up all night, I told myself that someday, that day will come… That moment, where through my profession I could help so many people, their animals, their source of employment and to make someone smile … ten years later, a post on Instagram would make my world turn 180°. On one side of the phone was Rodrigo talking about Kenya and an “eco-farm”, on the other side, I was imagining every word and realizing that all the begging that I asked to the planets, they had finally aligned and the dream already had a real shape. 

 

It is only 3 years, I can’t offer the same as someone with 20 years of experience, but I can offer what I have been growing for 28 years, thanks to my parents: Empathy.

Not everything is a virtue. I have my flaws and now and then I’m a bit insecure of my decisions, but never in my life I have felt so much persuasion of something, something that can turn on your soul and can’t be turn off with anything: Africa.

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