(IMAGE: Sanitation project by Sahara Foundation in Cape Coast,
Ghana, 2003. Photo credit: Gyorgy Konkoly-Thege)
What were you up to this holiday weekend? Enjoying an awesome cookout with your family, followed by a viewing of fireworks sparkling in the sky? Laughing with friends by the pool for a last summer hurrah?
How about encouraging charity?
That idea might be the last one to cross your mind on the last unofficial weekend of summer when you are spending time with family and friends, but don’t worry – it’s not too late. Helping those affected by poverty is not only an act of kindness but also key to changing the world for the better. You can do that any day of the year, but this week, there is a special day devoted to promoting charitable acts.
The General Assembly of the United Nations designated September 5 as the International Day of Charity. Also the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, the International Day of Charity is meant to encourage individuals and organizations to help those in need. Whether you help serve lunch at your local soup kitchen, raise money with friends for a girl’s education in a developing country, or educate your school about a cause you care about, you can discover how charity helps to alleviate human suffering.
You might be surprised by how many smiles you can bring to the world.