The United Nations General Assembly in 2012 declared the observance of the Day of Charity on the 5th of September. The goal is to raise awareness and provide platform for individuals to get together and actively participate in charitable events. Hungarian civil society took an initiative for the same in 2011. It aimed at increasing visibility, arranging special events, and thereby increasing unity, the need for social responsibility and raising charity. Therefore, the UN declared 5th September an international holiday.
The International Day of Charity 2021 honors Mother Teresa’s death anniversary. Everyone acknowledges her efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger and she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her empathetic work toward society.
Mother Teresa was a prominent missionary who came to India in 1928 and dedicated herself to taking care of the impoverished. She became an Indian Citizen in 1948 and in 1950 she established the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. Then it became well-known for its charity efforts with the dying and the needy. Afterward, the organization enthusiastically helped the poor, orphaned children, and the needy people. And she provided valuable service to the helpless for 45 years. Her fame grew worldwide and, she received many rewards and acknowledgments for her selflessness and kindness.
Hence, The International Day of Charity 2021 is observed with the view that NGO’s and charitable organizations. And it will stir people to be active voluntarily & engage in philanthropic activities.
As per United Nations in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, poverty is identified as the most serious global concern. Hence it strives towards its complete annihilation. The agenda also realizes the role of the private sector in contributing the goal to eradicate poverty. The bulk of the rural poor get their living from farming or other natural resources. As a result, they require more fair access to such resources in order to properly manage their resources. Like wise, we need to develop and execute quick and sustainable economic growth policies and initiatives. It will be in sectors such as health, education, nutrition, and sanitation, allowing the poor to engage and contribute to growth. According to studies, a 10% rise in a nation’s average household income decreases poverty by 20-30%.
Similarly, empower poor people by including them in the creation and execution of poverty-reduction and-eradication policies and activities. Their participation ensures that programs represent what is important to them.