Charity Is a Virtue
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
You may have heard of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work in helping the poorest of the poor in India. She is just one name among many who have sacrificed much for helping those that are in need and those that are in poverty.
There are two kinds of people that need our help. ‘Those in need’ are people who can normally have a comfortable life but something happens and they cannot help themselves. It can be someone who has a sick relative or someone who met with an accident and hurt themselves badly. These people are ‘in need’ of help.
Those that are in poverty are the people who do not have the ability or capacity to help themselves. Helping those in poverty needs to be done in an organised way with good planning.
What is important is the fact that both of these groups of people are in need of help. Reaching out to them and lifting them up with compassion is known as charity.
There is no set way to be charitable. Many people gather together and use money to help, which is called an organisation also called a charity. However, money isn’t the only way to be charitable.
5 September was named as the International Day of Charity to spread awareness and help people understand how to be more charitable. There are many around us and around the world who are in need of our charity.
In fact, 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.
If you are wondering how you could ever make such a huge impact in the world, don’t feel discouraged. While there are problems all over the world that feel like no solution could ever be made, you have to realise what importance you have in the grand scheme of it all.
Look around you. You might not be able to help the poor at the moment, but how can you help those in need?
Money isn’t the only resource you can give to charity. Your time, hard work and love are all important things you have that can lift another person’s day and help them. Is there a friend that’s in need of comfort? Do you know someone who’s feeling lonely and sad? Did your school friend forget to bring his lunch to school?
The opportunity to be charitable and help someone else is always there. Everyone experience being hurt, fallen on the ground. Will you be the one that will reach out to help them get back on their feet?
Charity is a virtue gained only through practicing it.