Years ago a teacher, a peasant leader, a professional geographer, a grandmother, a few children went up to a hill. Children drew what they saw around them showing adults the land degradation, lack of green areas, and the absence of children to play and study. Grandma said that years ago, all those hills, were covered with wheat, and there was much activity, youth people, work and traditions. At that moment, everyone on the tophill swore to reverse dryness with water harvesting and planting seeds.
Down the hill, they met a university professor, on a remarkable coincidence. Within days they became friends, worked together, sought funding and start working with local community and school.
Currently, Un Alto en el Desierto Foundation has it´s entire team working on the project Un Alto en el Desierto (UAD).
The Founder of the Foundation, Nicolas Schneider, is a geographer with 10 years of experience in projects against desertification, FAO has worked at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Works part time in the design and improvement of the project.
President of the Foundation, Daniel Rojas (technician in administration), is a social leader with over 20 years of experience in community projects. Works full time in the design, improvement and implementation of the project.
The Director, Natalia Rebolledo (Public Administrator) has more than 8 years of experience in leading and coordinating processes and teams. Work full time in the design, improvement and implementation of the project.
Finy Maluenda, Director of the Foundation, is a Basic Education Teacher with over 20 years experience in rural and urban education. Works part time in the design and improvement of the project.
Catalina Bravo, geographer, is the project coordinator, with 2 years experience in project coordination, works part time in the implementation and improvement of the project.
Currently volunteers are from Santiago, theme all geography students of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In the future, the university volunteers will be local, and we hope they will be students from different profesional careers.
In the future, when the project incorporate more schools into the network, we will work with more project coordinators.