The United Nations General Assembly in 2012 declared the observance of International Day of Charity on 5th September every year. The purpose is to create an awareness and a platform for people to come together and actively contribute to charity events. It was an initiative taken by the Hungarian civil society supported by the Hungarian Parliament and government in 2011. It aimed at increasing visibility, arranging special events and thereby increasing unity and the need for social responsibility and raising charity. UN declared 5th September an international holiday.
The International Day of Charity 2021 is held in remembrance of the death anniversary of Mother Teresa. Her efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger are acknowledged. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
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. It became famous for its charitable work towards the dying and the destitute. The organization enthusiastically helped the poor, orphaned children and the needy people. She provided valuable service to the helpless for 45 years. Her fame grew worldwide and she received many rewards and acknowledgements for her selflessness and kindness.
The International Day of Charity 2021 is observed with the view that NGO’s and charitable organizations will stir people to be active voluntarily & engage in philanthropic activities.
The United Nations in its 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development identifies poverty as the greatest global challenge. It strives towards its complete annihilation & the agenda also realizes the role of the private sector in contributing towards the goal to eradicate poverty.