Chile
Cecilia León Medina
(Español) Socia de América Solidaria
(Español) Soy mamá de 4 hijos, trabajo como docente de una universidad de la región de Valparaí...
Chile
Cecilia León Medina
Cecilia León Medina
(Español) Soy mamá de 4 hijos, trabajo como docente de una universidad de la región de Valparaíso, soy ingeniera de alimentos y me dedico a asesorar empresas en el área de inocuidad alimentaria en la zona. (...) Hace algunos años conocí a la fundación a través de internet, me llamó la atención los mensajes que tienen para erradicar la pobreza. No obstante, este último año me he involucrado más porque mi hija Marcia está realizando su voluntariado en Haití. Esta experiencia para ella ha sido enorme, ha cambiado su forma de ver la pobreza y la responsabilidad que tenemos como sociedad frente a este tema. (...) Para mí la pobreza es el resultado de una sociedad injusta y poco equitativa. Este tema es responsabilidad de todos, porque la sociedad es castigadora con el que tiene menos opciones de salir adelante y sino recibe ayuda, la situación es más crítica, y en este contexto hay quienes están convencidos que las personas son pobres por elección o flojera, visión que no comparto para nada. Es necesario erradicar esta visión desde la educación en los niños, para que ellos sean los motivadores de un cambio importante en la sociedad. Por eso, mi sueño de una América más justa es lograr una cultura responsable respecto a la pobreza, entregando de una forma coherente igualdad de oportunidades, permitiendo a las personas de menos recursos sentirse involucrados y protegidos en la cultura, en lo social y en la educación, sin descuidar su alimentación y salud.
Chile
(Español) Nicole Tolchinsky
(Español) Voluntaria corporativa CMR Falabella
(Español) Trabajo en el área de Recursos Humanos para CMR, y la verdad es que participe la primera...
Chile
(Español) Nicole Tolchinsky
(Español) Nicole Tolchinsky
(Español) Trabajo en el área de Recursos Humanos para CMR, y la verdad es que participe la primera vez en la inducción en este programa ("Programa Laboral para jóvenes en Transición a la Vida Adulta", junto a Corporación Edudown) y me encantó, me encanta ayudar, me encantan los niños también, de todas las edades, entonces estar aquí con los niños y además que tengan Down y poder estar con ellos y compartir y entregarles cariño, y sentir ese cariño de vuelta... lo encuentro increíble, maravilloso. En la inducción dije que iba a participar, que me había encantado el programa, y ahora me inscribí apenas pude para poder participar, así que muy feliz, y me voy con el corazón llenito.
Chile
(Español) Jenniffer Ávalos
(Español) Socia de América Solidaria
(Español) "Conocí América Solidaria por mi amiga Sofía Jacob que fue voluntaria en Colombia...
Chile
(Español) Jenniffer Ávalos
(Español) Jenniffer Ávalos
(Español) "Conocí América Solidaria por mi amiga Sofía Jacob que fue voluntaria en Colombia y que terminó quedándose allá para seguir trabajando con niños en situación de vulnerabilidad. Ser socia me hace sentir partícipe de la causa, ya que al aportar todos los meses siento que estoy dando más días de alojamiento a los voluntarios y de este modo, ellos podrán ayudar a más personas. Mi sueño de una América más solidaria es que existan más organizaciones enfocadas a lo social, porque de esa forma se podría llegar a más comunidades y más personas podrían salir de la pobreza. Para mí existen dos tipos de pobreza, una es la que todos relacionan al poder adquisitivo de las personas, pero también existe una pobreza de corazón que es la humana, la falta de humildad, y es en ella que tenemos que trabajar para formar una mejor sociedad. Por eso, les diría a las personas que dejen de mirarse el ombligo y que ayuden de alguna manera, que no vean la pobreza como algo lejano y que ayudando al resto se pueden ayudar a sí mismos. Veo a mi amiga Sofía que es capaz de sacarse sus zapatos para regalárselos a un niño y es feliz haciéndolo."
International
Florencia Hepp
Technical Advisor for Education at America Solidaria International
Since I was young I have always enjoyed participating in volunteer activities, social works and ...
International
Florencia Hepp
Florencia Hepp
Since I was young I have always enjoyed participating in volunteer activities, social works and various groups in different places. In the beginning, I was involved in a variety of topics from community kitchens in southern Chile to working as an English professor in Kolkata for 6 months. But little by little I began to focus my social interests in the area of education, to which I am completely dedicated today. If you add to this the fact that I was born to a family of nomads (we moved many times...houses, cities, countries and even languages), you can find the roots that eventually led me to America Solidaria. - It was during a trip through Latin America that I got the call to "collaborate" on the Haiti projects. After having traveled through Central America for 7 months we arrived in a country that defied all standards. "Haiti cherie," a country that has deeply enchanted travelers by challenging pre-conceived notions of how social institutions work and fascinated them with its sharp contrast between material poverty and the wealth of human and natural resources. In Haiti I fell in love with the cause and applied for the position I currently hold (Technical Advisor for Education). This has allowed me to continuously discover and learn about the small differences between each location where our education projects are being implemented. I am ready for any and all new challenges that come my way.
International
Benito Baranda
President and CEO of America Solidaria
I have always been associated with institutions that seek social justice and today I call America ...
International
Benito Baranda
Benito Baranda
I have always been associated with institutions that seek social justice and today I call America Solidaria my home. Ever since its founding I have had ties with the organization. Currently I am dedicated to the collective job of making this grand dream of integration and social equality in the Americas a reality. - Why am I with America Solidaria? Places call to us, captivate us and seduce us, together with the people who work there and the causes for which they mobilize. It is in these places where we become fulfilled, where we give our best and spend our lives in search of the truth. America Solidaria is one such place. The joy in service that comes from the unselfish act of giving freely to those who have been excluded has completely taken over me, both internally and externally. This organization makes it possible to create a new culture, to equip communities for a new level of solidarity in the Americas and I am honored to be a part of it. I believe in those who have been marginalized. I believe in the wealth they possess amidst their material poverty. We must let these riches loose so that they themselves can bring about major transformations. That is why we are here!
Chile
Gastón Bottazzini
Corporate General Manager for Falabella Financiero
Falabella Financiero is proud to work with America Solidaria. Even though our partnership with the ...
Chile
Gastón Bottazzini
Gastón Bottazzini
Falabella Financiero is proud to work with America Solidaria. Even though our partnership with the organization is new, we have long-standing ties with Benito Baranda and his work. Over time we have been wrapped in his spirit and social commitment as well as the joy and optimism that he brings wherever he goes. -With a friend like that –because we consider Benito a friend- it is impossible not to be caught up in his desire to help improve lives everywhere we operate. - So, compelled by Falabella Financiero's desire to improve people's quality of life not only through the products and services that we offer, but also by making a commitment to help the most vulnerable communities in the region, we have sealed our union. We are thankful for the many dedicated people who have collaborated to make this alliance a reality. In addition to our involvement in projects in vulnerable communities across the hemisphere –through corporate volunteers, for example- we are grateful for what this foundation has taught us and done for us by helping our company become more committed to its surroundings and the society in which it operates.
Haití
Jeffrey Dawes
President of Komatsu Cummins Chile
As President of Komatsu Cummins Chile, I feel very honored to be able to work so closely with the ...
Haití
Jeffrey Dawes
Jeffrey Dawes
As President of Komatsu Cummins Chile, I feel very honored to be able to work so closely with the team at America Solidaria. They are kind and highly-respected people, fully committed to social justice throughout the hemisphere. In recent years we have seen how companies are being called to play a more active role in social transformations across the region. - The work that we have done with America Solidaria has allowed us to make a connection with other social realities, such as that lived daily by the 584 girls at the República de Chile school in Haiti, to extend our level of solidarity with this country and to actively help improve the quality of life for these girls. - This project has provided multiple learning opportunities. It has mobilized every level of our organization and encouraged employee participation and involvement. We believe that the corporate volunteer program which we created in conjunction with America Solidaria will be a transformative and enriching experience, not only for those colleagues who will travel to Haiti, but for the entire company. We are filled with pride and this encourages us to continue with our work!
Ecuador
Olinda Maquilón
Hogar de Cristo Employee in Ecuador
Being able to rely upon America Solidaria volunteers has been a very positive and valuable ...
Ecuador
Olinda Maquilón
Olinda Maquilón
Being able to rely upon America Solidaria volunteers has been a very positive and valuable experience. They have always been very professional in sharing their community experience and their ideas have infiltrated our work onsite. We would like to emphasize their willingness to work, their ability to adapt to new situations and their quick and effective integration with local coordinators, with whom they have built close friendships. -They have earned the affection and respect of people as they work with the community. This year's volunteer has surpassed expectations because of her kindness, charisma and ability to adapt, which has been wonderful and very lovely to see. I would love to have another volunteer with experience in community work, who likes to work in rural areas and who is able to adapt and work as well as previous volunteers.