From the ground: Claret Enea. Bilbao. Spain. SDG10. EN

There are three things that overflow me

and four that I don't know:

the way of the eagle in the sky,

the path of the snake through the rock,

the ship's path on the high seas,

the path of the man behind the maiden.

Proverbs 30, 18-19





Bernart Balza

Director Claret Enea. Bilbao


I borrow the concept coined by Peter Sloterdijk, to present part of our work understood as the individual and community commitment that helps, cares, develops, protects, empowers... a community living in a situation of vulnerability.


In our language, other concepts, languages, experiences, etc. are also united. We understand that what is most profoundly human makes us humanitarian and it is in that context that we evaluate our social-pastoral action.


I have been asked to present Claret Enea in connection with some of the ODS, which we understand as objectives that make our world healthier and more livable.


We remember ODS 5 of Agenda 2030: Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.




I could make an extensive list, for reasons of space I will summarize some aspects.


We find ourselves with women who do not have the capacity to make decisions that affect their own lives, either because of a lack of motivation, because of addictions that accompany them, because of communication difficulties, because of economic instability, because of pending cases with the justice system, because of a lack of housing, because of a lack of employment, because of a lack of links, because of violence and abuse ..., causes and circumstances that we sometimes do not manage to intuit.


We try to accompany, to welcome, to understand and we begin once the woman asks us for help and we put at her service the means that we have; in some cases limited.


We aim to enable and assist people in covering their

basic needs, in the development of their potentialities, in their learning in competences and trainings, and what it has to do with their autonomy (or

dependence), with their community and social integration (or exclusion) and with their labour insertion (accompanying from the street to work).




Basic needs go together and are the first step; for the most precarious people, hot soup and a ready-made bed are elementary. We see that the proclamation of rights and declarations are not enough in practice, although it is true that generosity, not only of intentions, is sometimes the least bad solution.


We know that LIFE is greater than the miseries it generates. The truth is that inappropriate behaviour, such as inequitable tax systems, unfair distribution of investment and expenditure, corruption, the digital divide, marginalisation, non-redistribution of income, limitation of services... all weaken us and we must not forget that everything has to do with everything. At the same time, we must reaffirm what one author said: "The worst is not always true"




We have not managed to make democracy truly comprehensive and include the

economy; that deficit that affects the very veins of the system, makes the blood circulating poisoned.


In addition to the challenge of democracy that can fall into "schistocracy". There is the challenge of the situation of women (dependence, migrations, rapes...), hence our work. If we don't really address their dramas, our society is heading towards a concrete wall. Trust must be restored.



What should we do?


I still think that we humans with a capital "H" are still necessary, even if we are ephemeral and irrelevant and their number is reduced so much that they enter a small reserve.


We have to form small communities of "people-sensitive-touches" who know and relate to people in difficulty. These humanitarian communities must "embrace" and engage with the affected people.

If we encourage "pride" and the desire to humanize ourselves and create communities where "good actions" can become "good business", we would not live "renunciation" as simple resignation.


The border between success and failure is separated by FAITH.


Bernart Balza

Director Claret Enea. Bilbao


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