This is the team of leading professionals who make their debut at Fundación Fútbol Más in northern Chile
Fundación Fútbol Más renews part of its collaborators in the north of Chile, receiving different professionals that are integrated to the different territories in Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Atacama. We present those who will lead the teams, seeking to transform the reality of the children of the Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions. With a vast community experience, Paulina, Tomás and Javier tell us their challenges.
Paulina Martínez (32) is the new executive director of the north zone. Tomás Gaete (29) and Javier Escobar (30) are the new coordinators of Calama and Antofagasta in Fundación Fútbol Más. They will join the team from the north of our country to renew energies in the cordillera, coastal and indigenous communities of the area.
Paulina has a degree in History and a honour in Political Science and assumes responsibility as an executive director in the north. In her professional beginnings she worked in the private world, knowing the commercial side of the organizations and having a close relationship with those who ran large companies in different fields, working in vineyards and also in tourism.
After a few years, she began to work in the social area where she says: “I discovered that it motivated me a lot more. Since I was young I was involved in volunteering, I worked in América Solidaria, I traveled to Nepal, Guatemala, Kenya and European countries.” It is in Kenya where she got to know the work of Fundación Fútbol Más.
“When I said that I was from Chile, most of them immediately associated it with the work of Fútbol Más.” From that moment on she saw a place of community work recognized in several countries across the world. Due to her experience in the social sphere and in partnership with the private world, Paulina believes she can do a great job: “I feel capable of finding new partners, new opportunities and working accordingly to what people need,” she says.
Tomás also heard from Fundación Fútbol Más while abroad. An educational psychologist, he carried out community work since he graduated. In one of his jobs, he volunteered in Haiti, where he learned about the work done by Fútbol Más in the Caribbean country. Tomás says that he knew about the work of the Foundation for years: “I did my thesis on a Neighborhood program by the foundation, a fellow student did their training there and today is working in Mexico, I believe I have got to know the impact of Fútbol Más”
The challenges in the territory of Calama are clear for Tomás: “From humility I must learn well the problems of the area. Working with the team of professionals on the field and reinforcing the coverage and adherence of children are the main tasks. Places like Chiu Chiu and Sierra Gorda, of a population that is mostly of a mining background, entails working with children who are often a floating population.”
Javier Escobar, an anthropologist and Master in Society and Territorial Development, has worked since the beginning of his professional career contributing to different communities and to their development. Now he arrives in Antofagasta as regional coordinator to take on a new challenge.
“During my first work experiences, I had to work with communities and the innovation of their crops. The so-called permaculture. This consists of a slow work with the plantations, of accompaniment along with nature, of understanding the times of what it means to cultivate. I think the work in Antofagasta will be something similar,” says Javier.
During these last two weeks, the three new members of the northern teams have been preparing with classes and inductions of the different dimensions of the Football Más methodology. So their arrival to the territory will be full of challenges to continue fulfilling the task of Fundación Fútbol Más in northern Chile.
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