International Day For Charity: You can get Involved

by Uche Iwegbuna

-If you’re interested in “paying it forward,” do it on September 5.

This observation was designated by the United Nations (UN) to mobilize the world to help others; it is also celebrated in memory of one of the most philanthropic individuals who spent her life doing charitable works with the sick and dying, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

International day of charity is a day set aside to promote, recognize and motivate people to show love, give and help the poor and the needy. It also throws light and attention to gaps filled by charitable organization around the world to help save and improve the lives of people fighting various diseases, giving hope to the hopeless, protecting children and eradicating poverty in all its forms which is a major international challenge.

The international day for charity is also a platform for individuals, organizations, states and nations to have a rethink towards helping one another, create an awareness of the need to live together in harmony and peace irrespective of their differences, values, ethnicity, religion, tribes. According to mother Theresa, “when a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needs.”

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When two elephants fight, the reeds suffer; when there is strife amongst individuals, locality, region or nation, the future generation suffers the effects of their choices. Therefore, in observation of the international day for charity, it is important to understand that there is a need for us to work together in love in any place we find ourselves to achieve great things together.

The observation of this year’s international day of charity is an opportunity for us to go back to our drawing board in an attempt to make amends and give a chance to love and giving to make our world a better place.

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