Focus on: Francisca Arellano, Director of Movidos x Chile

June 27, 2018
Communications Colunga Foundation

"ColungaHUB not only brings us together in a physical space, but also makes it easier for us to get to know each other ... that is indispensable for our role"

How did you get to civil society?

I grew up with the subject of social work as the basis of my childhood. I saw my brothers - who are bigger than me - in the most practical work and always with that reference of a life story in social work.
Later, when I was in school, I started in Ceiling as a volunteer, from an educational link since I was a tutor in La Pintana. Then I was part of the Hogar de Cristo and later I came to the Community of Solidarity Organizations (COS) in 2015. It was one thing to have the desire or the training, but another thing is to put it into practice. The bug bit me and I said 'this is not loose anymore' because I feel there is a country commitment, not only with the most vulnerable people, but with overcoming poverty as a macro. From that I studied Design under a mesh linked to project management, which teaches you to see the identification of problems with the community and solve with the community, which has helped me a lot to manage and create projects that involve people .

How has it been to lead the Movidos x Chile project?

It has been a giant challenge, because it has meant an effort that civil society has tried to do for a long time, which has to do with the coordination of organizations at the time of an emergency. We have been organizing as a civil society since 2010 -from the earthquake- to work in coordination at the time of a disaster, and it has not worked for us because we react reactively.
From the fires of 2017 we met 70 organizations in ColungaHUB, most of them from the COS, but others also came, such as GreenPeace, Hogar de Cristo and Ciudadano Inteligente. The big conclusion was that we have to organize ourselves so as not to duplicate our efforts and we decided that we had to train Movidos x Chile, to have a team that will articulate and coordinate prior to the emergency. That has been a great challenge. And also understand that it is not only our responsibility to risk management, but we are a complement to the State, the business sector, and also the media sector, to be able to accurately inform about what is needed.

What will focus on this 2018?

The lines go mainly for how we strengthen as a network and install capabilities in our organizations. We can not react without knowing international standards, the issue of risk management is a global issue addressed by the UN and in Chile led by the Onemi. The other issue is the territorial relationship. If one of our principles as Movidos is to raise the voice from the bases, from the communities, then we have to have an anticipated link.
Today we are part of the axis of the Humanitarian Aid Coordination of the Onemi, we are four networks where we are with the RACh (Chilean Humanitarian Aid Network), the International Humanitarian Network (RHI) and with INJUV, and that has meant a joint work One year with the Onemi, which not only has validated us, but has also given us a confidence on the part of the State against networks that can coordinate civil society organizations.
Another challenge is communication, not only in the face of citizenship but also how we maintain dialogue between our organizations. And finally the impact that is very important for us, because the bill that strengthens Onemi - which has been stopped since 2010 - does not consider the role of civil society organizations and for us it is important that we are validated as a sector .

MovidosXChile meeting in ColungaHUB

What distinguishes civil society in emergency assistance?

We have flexibility in response, we can skip the bureaucracy that the State has. Civil society has the capacity to channel the desire to help citizens because we can receive donations and the State can not, we can receive volunteers. So this bill has to consider and understand the role of civil society organizations and the virtues they have to be able to respond to the emergency.

How has your experience been at ColungaHUB?

ColungaHUB strengthens being a community with organizations that perhaps did not know each other before, that can form new bonds, that can form new bonds. It is not the sum of the parts, but the complement of each of them that generates cooperation, new ideas and strengthen our mission, especially in overcoming poverty and social exclusion. ColungaHUB not only brings us together in a physical space, but also makes it easier for us to get to know each other, the instances to be together, the instances to converse, generates links, and that is indispensable for our role.
As Movidos x Chile we are extremely grateful for the spaces that have facilitated us so that these links are generated between the network, with many organizations that are not even part of the HUB. They open the doors to be present here, and that has been very valuable. Organizations like GreenPeace, Intelligent Citizen, Trash Foundation, Transcend Foundation, who are not here, realize the value of being together, being together, and having spaces that allow us to get to know each other and generate new ideas.

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