Sunday 5th September is International Day of Charity. A day which provides us with the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the importance of giving. Whether it be time, money, services, skills or products, Rafiki Mwema’s sponsors, donors and volunteers each contribute something valuable. Without their generosity we would not be able to support our children in Kenya. We don’t receive any government funding and rely solely upon the charitable spirit of our community to meet monthly running costs and fund the projects that help transform our childrens’ lives.
We are a charity and your kindness is a lifeline for our children. Together we can do anything.
What is International Day of Charity?
Adopted by the United Nations to generate a ‘spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable’, it is a chance to consider what you can do to help others that may be less fortunate.
Why is charity important?
Charity contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies by creating a sense of ‘togetherness’. It 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. Furthermore it promotes the rights of the marginalised and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.
Essentially, it is a vital requirement for a better world.
The United Nations chose 5th September to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Acclaimed throughout the world Mother Teresa’s work is widely recognised. She has received a number of awards and distinctions, including 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 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 founded the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkota (Calcutta) in 1950, which became noted for its work among the poor and the dying in that city.
For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying whilst guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion – first in India and then in other countries. This included hospices and homes for the poorest and homeless. Mother Teresa died on September 5th 1997, at 87 years of age.
As we head towards this year’s International Day of Charity, we invite you to reflect upon what you can do to make the world a better place.
For ways to support us here at Rafiki Mwema visit our Get Involved page. No act is too big or small and we’d love to have your support.