The project of Fundación Cláritas was established in 2003 amid the economic and political crisis that Argentina was going through during those years, with the subsequent risk of losing Democracy.
For us, such crisis was the expression of a much deeper and fundamental problem that crosses Latin America's history and that is extended today throughout its entire territory. The problem consists in a deep division and fragmentation of Latin-American people generated by old and new problems of inequity, injustice and exclusion. This shows the huge obstacles to build common projects of coexistence and horizons of common direction guiding everybody's effort in the pursuit of more just and fraternal societies.
The School of Social Entrepreneurs (EES) is an education path made up of virtual courses and in site Workshops, aimed at NGO’s members and entrepreneurs working in the social sector and assisting individuals going through social, economical or cultural exclusion.
Fundación Cláritas works on the basis of two fundamental pillars: social cohesion and fraternity.
Latin America suffers a deep “social cohesion deficit”. In accordance with the report of CEPAL (Economic Committee for Latin America) published on May, 2007 this is the greatest evil that the region is going through: the loss of strength of social bonds and of the bonds of belonging, the lack of a community with cooperation principles that permits to define a future for all.
The report explains precisely the objective and subjective causes of the deficit and the aspects to work on in order to overcome it. Among the first-mentioned causes stand out poverty and indigence. As long as there are significant sectors of population in poverty we cannot advance towards a more cohesive society. Even tough in the last years some aspects have improved in the region thanks to the sustained economic growth, there are still no significant changes in historical and structural factors that place many Latin-Americans in a situation of poverty and indigence.