International Day Of Charity

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2024 Date5 September 2024
2025 Date5 September 2025

International Day of Charity

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International Day of Charity History

International Day of Charity is an annual observance celebrated globally to raise awareness on the importance of philanthropy, solidarity, and volunteerism as vehicles for addressing social and economic challenges posed by extreme poverty and inequality. This global event aims to encourage individuals, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to advocate for and participate in charitable initiatives that contribute to poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable development.

The United Nations General Assembly designated the International Day of Charity in 2012, in honour of Mother Teresa, a renowned humanist who dedicated her life to assisting the poor, sick, and vulnerable. For Nigerians, this day amplifies the principle of giving back to the community, a cultural value deeply ingrained in Nigerian society through diverse traditional practices such as umu'ada, isusu, and esusu. As a nation battling with the challenges of poverty, terrorism, and communal strife, Nigeria recognizes the significant role that charity plays in bringing relief to the needy, enhancing community development, and fostering social cohesion.

In Nigeria, the International Day of Charity is observed on September 5th, in alignment with the global calendar. During this period, individuals, communities, and organizations engage in various charity-related activities. Those include fundraising events, donations, awareness campaigns, and acts of solidarity targeted at orphans, widows, and other vulnerable members of the society. The spirit of the International Day of Charity encourages Nigerians to look out for one another and strive to collectively address the many challenges faced by the nation through acts of goodwill and altruism.

Facts about International Day Of Charity

  • According to the CAF World Giving Index 2021, more than three billion people helped someone they didn’t know in 2020.
  • 98.4% of high earning households give to charity and 63% say that a major motivation for their donations is to give back to the community.
  • On average, high-net-worth individuals give approximately $29,269 to charity each year. This is significantly higher than the average annual donation of $2,520 for all U.S. households.
  • Many Nigerian charities face challenges related to corruption and mismanagement, which has led to a lack of transparency, accountability, and trust in the sector.
  • Nigerian charities primarily focus on areas such as healthcare, education, social welfare, community development, poverty alleviation, and human rights.

Top things to do in Nigeria for International Day Of Charity

  • Spread awareness about the holiday by using the hashtags #InternationalDayofCharity, #Charity and #MamaT.
  • Read a book about the impact and importance of charitable work and about the charitable life that Mother Teresa led. Some suggestions are: Abundance, Systems Thinking for Social Change, Start Something that Matters, The Joy in Loving and Mother Teresa: A Simple Path.
  • Many Nigerians spend the day volunteering in local community projects, such as cleaning public spaces, planting trees, or teaching skills to underprivileged youths.
  • People can use this day to support local businesses and social enterprises that give back to the community or have a social impact agenda.

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