With the aim of empowering the relationship between Sika Chile and the neighboring community in San Joaquin – the area where Sika Chile is located – the latter has developed a series of activities to support the Fray Camilo Henríquez school.


Besides Sika colleagues, professionals from the NGO “Mi Parque” have also taken part in the initiatives. “Mi Parque” works to improve life quality in underprivileged neighborhoods by designing, building and activating public green areas, working along with the local community.


Improve learning environment
With shovels, pots and plants, they all arrived at the school to work together with the students from primary school to enhance green areas and repair playing spaces in the school, thus also helping to improve the environment for learning.
“We want to become a good neighbor, involved in the problems and dreams of the kids in our community and contributing to a better future for them”, said Rodrigo Sáez, HR Manager of Sika Chile at the launch of the all-day work activities.


The students’ happiness is the best reward


Students and teachers worked together in a spirit of friendship and full of energy together with all the various collaborators to improve access to the  pre-elementary school area – playground, bicycle parking area, trees, etc. – and hence make it generally more attractive. They also restored the vegetable patch, repairing planting pots and drawing a sowing/harvesting calendar on the wall.


Sáez recalled: “Some months ago the School Director contacted me to ask for support from us in this initiative, and our answer was immediately affirmative. The students’ happiness was our best reward”.


“It was a nice coincidence that we were concerned about improving the school’s infrastructure while Sika also had the attitude to support us with it. The result is plain to see, and we are happy that our students now have a better place to study, have lunch or simply play”, says Director Lorena Manríquez.


Sika employees plus a professional team guide the process
The project involved materials, tree planting and the participation of 15 Sika employees in addition to a professional team supplied by “Mi Parque”, who guided the process and designed the improvements.
Apart from this project, Sika has developed other cooperation initiatives with the school, including a guided visit to our facilities for students from the 6th   elementary grade so that they could get to know industrial processes, and also a co-teaching class at our R&D Lab in which Sika R&D Manager Carolina Valdebenito carried out an interactive chemistry class to students from the 8th elementary grade. 
“We want to be good neighbors in San Joaquin and this activity at the school is an important part of this challenge. It has been a very encouraging experience to see the children’s smiles, to answer their concerns about research topics and to share all of this with teachers and parents. We are very grateful”, concludes Rodrigo Sáez.