VOTE OF THANKS BY FRANCISCA RIVERO GARAY, NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE PUENTE PROGRAM My dear friends and colleagues from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia: In spite of not being able to be with you at the end of the internship, I wanted to thank each one of you for this experience. I especially wasn’t to thank you for the tremendous effort that you have put in throughout these seven days, for your commitment and making our job easier. Our purpose was to share with you our experience with the successes but also the challenges that we faced; with our strengths, but also our weaknesses. I really hope that we have accomplished our goal and that upon return to your home you would take with you a piece of Chile that will be useful for your efforts in addressing that needs of the poorest of the poor, with excellence and renewed commitment. We now face new challenges: the design and implementation of specific and pertinent experiences will now depend on you and us; hoping that these endeavors may contribute to generating changes with the most vulnerable and poor families. They require the most innovative mechanisms that may guarantee their rights and that above all, may allow them to recover the trust in themselves, with your support to rebuild the bonds with the rest of society. I want to take advantage of this opportunity say thanks for the input received from the community teams of Antofagasta, Independencia, Pudahuel, Conchali, Molina and Linares. Without them, this could never have been accomplished. I ask you also to thank and acknowledge the respective local authorities, which joined in this activity with great enthusiasm. I would also like to thank FOSIS regional teams from Antofagasta, Maule and the Metropolitan region who were responsible for taking you to the territories and who also helped you to see how FOSIS works. I especially want to acknowledge the tutors, Sergio, Susana and Jorge- I thank you friends for believing that this transference is possible; based on our experience, and dependent upon you intellectual generosity and emotions. Your availability and the commitment with which you undertook your work is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to the international cooperation team: Adriana and Gabriela, for your disposition, for ensuring that everything moved smoothly, for being an excellent support of FOSIS’ thematic areas. To my colleagues at the national level, who were also available to share their lessons learned and who were key in demonstrating how FOSIS contributes and builds, on a daily basis a Social Protection System, for the most needy Chileans. To the Executive Director of FOSIS, Pablo Coloma, who joined this endeavor and made it his, through his support and facilitation. To the OAS and the UWI, my friends, your contributions, rigor and commitment will allow this program to move from an opportunity to a well-established work methodology, which can be sustained and communicated. For me, it has been as honor to work with each one of you. Through this experience,, I renew my energy, my own personal commitment and the belief that making social policy involves people and the belief that change is possible. But that achieving them requires the best from us. Friends from the Caribbean, I wish you all a safe return home. I hope that the “little incident” in Antofagasta is now part of the past and soon forgotten. And that in your memories you take with you the faces if the Puente Families that you met, from whom you are also taking their stories. This, along with the reports you heard from the technical and professional teams will help you build more just and giving societies in Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. We will keep supporting you from here, contributing and strengthening the community we have built together with the irreplaceable input of each one of you present here today. Thank you very much and please receive my strongest and warmest hug, Francisca Rivero.