"Being part of ColungaHUB allows sharing the purpose and motivation"
The director of Adoption Support, Amanda Lacalle, explained the important challenges that lie ahead as a foundation and how they work every day to get their projects to public entities and policies.
How did you get to civil society?
Since I have a memory I have been interested in social issues and I have had the purpose of working to try to build a more just and dignified country for all. I studied design because I wanted to improve the day to day of people anonymously, and in that process I knew the contribution that could be made from my profession to the service of people, also from public policies. So, a little without realizing it, I was leading my career and making decisions that brought me closer to civil society, forming - together with other people - a foundation that works for children who are vulnerable in our country.
What is the organization currently working on?
Our mission in Adoption Support is improve the system and the reality of adoption in Chile, in order to offer a fair and effective alternative so that children and adolescents who can not live with their family of origin, restitute their right to do so through adoption. In this context, and given the contingency, our area that relates to public policies is today to which we dedicate more time and work, in order to influence the adoption bill and also deliver concrete proposals to improve the system , beyond the project itself. And our second priority today is to accompany, deliver information and train communities and actors involved in adoption processes, adoptive families and professionals.
What is your biggest challenge?
I think that for any civil society organization, financing is a huge challenge. Achieving the operation every month and at the same time being able to strategically plan new projects in the medium and long term is not easy and requires a lot of time and energy. On the other hand, a great challenge is to maintain the interest that has been generated publicly and politically in relation to the protection of children, in order to deepen the discussion and participate and influence processes that generate changes and improvements to the system of our country.
How has your experience been at ColungaHUB?
We have learned that the best way to undertake any type of challenge to contribute to the construction of a more just and dignified country is by forming networks of collaboration and alliances. In this sense, being part of ColungaHUB allows, on the one hand, knowing other experiences, points of view and ways of working, but also sharing the purpose and motivation to generate new collaborative spaces and projects, which is fundamental. And it helps us get further.