Solidarity and Compassion in the Face of Suffering
The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually on September 5. First observed in 2013, the International Day of Charity calls the world to act with solidarity and compassion in the face of human suffering. It promotes volunteer and philanthropic activities to mobilize people and bring resiliency and inclusiveness to society.
The International Day of Charity commemorates the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa 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."
"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed."
— Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun
Charity and Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, is the most comprehensive and ambitious anti-poverty plan the world community has embarked upon. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the global community’s efforts to transform the world. Charity will play a pivotal role in the plan’s success.
Charity helps alleviate the suffering of natural disasters and international conflicts. It helps advance culture and science, helps protect the marginalized and underprivileged, and supplements research and services in health care, education and child protection.
For the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be reached, the global community must come together with charity in the heart and service on the mind.
"Charity is a contributor to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding among people." — UN Resolution 67/105
Charity That Makes a Difference
Child sponsorship is one of the best methods for helping people escape extreme poverty and suffering. In fact, it’s considered by some economists to be the most effective long-term development intervention for helping the poor.
Child sponsorship is not charity that creates dependence; it’s charity that directly contributes to sustainable development of individuals, communities and countries.