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5th September: International Day of Charity



Every act of kindness is charity

 

Charity is a form of social activity carried out to help individuals, groups, or communities in need. Charity programs can take various forms, such as donations of funds, goods, or services. The main goal of charity is to make a positive contribution to society and help those in difficult situations. Charity is not just about providing financial assistance, but also about providing care, compassion and opportunity for less fortunate people.

 

When you donate to a charity, you are providing help to improve the lives of less fortunate people. You're giving them an important resource they wouldn't otherwise have access to. Additionally, your generosity also sends a message of hope – that there are people in this world who care about them and want to help make their lives better.

 

Of course, there are many other ways to be generous. For example, you can donate your time to help those in need or be kind and helpful to others in your daily life. One of the most impactful things you can do to make a difference in the world is donate money to charity. So next time you consider being more generous, remember that even a small donation can have a significant impact on you.

 

Here are reasons why giving to charity is important:

 

1. Giving to charity is not only a way to help those in need, but it is also a moral obligation in a way that supports causes that are important to you.

 

2. When you donate to charity, you send a powerful message of support to those in need. Your donation helps provide essential services and goods to those who might not otherwise have them.

 

3. Charitable donations are an investment for the future.

 

4. In an increasingly unequal world, donating to charity is more important than ever. When we share our resources with those less fortunate, we help create a more just and equitable world by considering them as members of our own family.

 

5. There are many reasons to give charity, but the most important reason is because it makes us feel good. When we help others in need, we feel joy and satisfaction. This was something that no material possession could match.

 

Charity is a form of global solidarity to overcome poverty

 

Charity, like the ideas of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social ties and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. Charity can mitigate the worst impacts of humanitarian crises, complementing public services in health care, education, housing, and child protection. This helps the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. Apart from that, it also promotes the rights of marginalized and underprivileged people, and spreads humanitarian messages in conflict situations.

 

International Charity Day falls on 5th September. This global commemoration was established by the United Nations to be celebrated every year.

 

5th September was chosen to commemorate the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for efforts made in the struggle to overcome poverty and hardship, which also constitute a threat to peace."

 

Mother Teresa, a famous nun, was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910. In 1928, she went to India and devoted herself to helping the poor.

 

In 1948, he became an Indian citizen and founded the Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkota (Calcutta) in 1950, known for its work among the city's poor.

 

In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within and between countries, as well as the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/67/105 set the date 5th September, the anniversary of Mother Teresa's death, is the International Day of Charity.

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