Nicolás Fuenzalida Plaza
Africa Dream Foundation
Only a few days ago, during the Ministerial Conference of Agriculture between the African and the European Union, it was declared that the population in Africa would rise from 1.200 million inhabitants up to 2.400 million inhabitants in 2050. For many people it seems to be counterintuitive to think that a region with the poverty and inequity problems that Sub-Saharan Africa has can allow itself to double its population in only a few decades.
And, without a doubt, this data does not cease to be important for all organizations that work in cooperation projects for the development of the Black Continent, even in the knowledge that in spite of all our efforts, the challenges and problems that we face in the eradication of poverty could increase twofold.
However, the convictions that inspire us do not chance; facing all the challenges that have come up during our work in Africa, the answer to our foundation has bloomed, it has always have and it will continue to have the same objective: the human capital.
There is vast amount of humanitarian cooperation models: while some foundations opt to channel the help through subsidiary help programs, others triangulate interesting structures of cooperation between government and private organizations. By contrast, in Africa Dream Foundation, we have always centered our programs in the development of sustainable projects, implemented by professional volunteers that focus their work in the creation of ties with the community for the installation of capacities, the cultivation of a collaboration culture and to put our history for the benefit of others; our talent and what we are.
This, beyond focusing our labor and mission as a foundation, urges us to remember how delicate and fundamental our operation on site is. People are, first and foremost, very complex beings and they cannot simply be viewed as another piece of the machinery of a specific organization. By focusing our efforts in the human capital can only inspire us to constantly renovate our calling to deliver a good professional service, nurtured from the knowledge of good and bad practices from cooperation programs, motivated by our deepest convictions and aiming to be the best version of ourselves as a humanitarian organization.
Who knows where we will be by 2050, but we are confident that the social service that we offer today will always be driven by this constant desire to be better and by professionalism; to be able to see the results of our work, where everything makes true sense: in the happy faces from those who we wish to accompany. That is our most important capital.