Greetings to the kind-hearted people of Rivers State and welcome to another episode of Rivethics on Radio, our character-building weekend show. Please remember that the first person who benefits from an act of charity is the giver himself, who sees the smile form on the lips of a needy person. . This episode is in commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day of Charity which comes up on September 5.
The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities
In the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015, the United Nations recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The Agenda also calls for a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. It also acknowledges the role of the diverse private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals, and that of civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations in the implementation of the Agenda.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth in the Agenda can be grouped into six critical areas: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. They have the potential to transform our lives and our planet by providing the framework needed for philanthropic institutions to enable all people to contribute to the betterment of our world.
Charity provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. 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. It also promotes the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.
Below are some notable points to consider about charity and giving:
Giving is not about making a donation. It is about making a difference.
Charity is not borne out of duty or pity, but out of love.
Charity makes you someone’s sunshine when their skies are grey
Any one who has no charity in their heart has the worst kind of heart trouble.
Our guest speaker today is Mrs Ajoke Enebeli, the Rivers State coordinator of African Women in leadership Organisation, and she will be sharing with us her insights on this topic. Please enjoy the episode.
Our dear Rivers people, please remember to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families. And God bless Rivers State.
From Her Excellency,
Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike,
The Wife of His Excellency,
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON. GSSRS. POS (Africa).
You can also listen to and download the Pidgin English version of this Episode below