From a Welfare State to a ‘Civil’ Welfare model
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro and the role of the Mediterranean region
Terzo Pilastro: the non-profit world as the only valid alternative to the crisis of the State and the market, to meet the inescapable needs of the community.
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale operates in the fields of Health, Scientific Research, Aid to the Underprivileged, Education, Art and Culture and, in the latter sector, acts as a trait d’union between Mediterranean cultures.
Since the Foundation was established for the purpose of paying more attention to the neglected regions of Southern Italy and the Maghreb most of its activities were initially performed in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean Region. In the past two years it has also been engaged in boosting philanthropy and culture in the Near and Middle East.
In fact, everything beautiful surrounding us originated in the Mediterranean region: poetry, literature, art, education, monotheistic religions, philosophy and democracy. I have focused on this environment ever since I was young. Some say this is because my personality was certainly influenced by the great leading figures in the history of humanity who lived in Sicily, my homeland, such as Roger II and above all Frederick II, who preferred to be called King of Sicily rather than Holy Roman Emperor or King of Germany and loved the Mediterranean region immensely. This man embodied all the excellences of human intellect: he was an eminent jurist, a legislator who reformed the administrative structure of the State, a man of letters, poet and a farsighted philanthropist with progressive ideas. He started the process of integration between the Greek, Latin, Arab and Jewish cultures and even invented a Romance language, to enable communication between the various ethnic groups, and reached agreements, without bloodshed, whereby Christians were allowed to enter Jerusalem… and much more.
Since it was established, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro has accomplished many projects in this regard: first and foremost it has opened several representative offices in the regions of interest (Catania in Sicily; Cosenza in Calabria; Naples in Campania; Rabat in North Africa; Madrid in Spain and finally in Malta), in order see first-hand the local entities and create strategic operative centres in the relevant regions. Furthermore, over the years the Foundation has created and completed, in a progressively more structured and systematic way, many education or cultural projects of high socio-economic value in most of the Mediterranean basin and subsequently increasingly more towards the East until reaching Russia and China even becoming directly involved, with efficacy, in the neediest countries. Please refer to the two activities macro-sections named National (Southern Italy) and International (the Mediterranean region and the East), for a detailed and complete survey of the international projects completed by the Foundation in the last decade.
All of these important projects received impressive feedback even if the current, widespread geopolitical crisis is objectively holding back the Foundation’s operations. We hope that this is just a temporary crisis so we may resume the course we have started as soon as possible, even in the most troubled spots.
Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale