5th September: International day of Charity
Today is the International Day of Charity. It is a day for thought on what you can contribute, no matter how small it is, in making this world a better place. Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies.
Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the full recognition of rights of those marginalised and underprivileged as well as spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.
The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitising and mobilising people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities. International Day of Charity aims at raising awareness and providing a common platform for charity related activities across the world. It also recognises the importance of charity as a means of promoting solidarity, dialogue and mutual understanding among people from different countries.
This day was observed on the 5th of September, every year, to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace. Mother Teresa, the renowned nun and missionary, was born in Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910. In 1928, she went to India, where she devoted herself to helping the destitute. In 1948, she became an Indian citizen and after two years, she founded the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkota (Calcutta).
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that the role of charity should be seen as one of the major tools in sowing quality traits of compassion, love and empathy in today young people’s disposition. In this day, we also encourage individual especially young people, to use this opportunity to support charitable activities in their communities. We also believe in mobilising young people and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and charitable activities.
On this International Day, we call on people everywhere, of all ages, to act based on the charitable impulse that resides in the heart of every human being.
Happy International Day of Charity!