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Hector Morales Delgado
Communications and Advocacy Officer, Resident Coordination Office, UN Guatemala [email protected]

Charity can contribute to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and
mutual understanding between people. It can also alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, complement public health care, education, housing and child protection services.

In addition, it helps to promote culture, science, sports and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also helps raise awareness of the rights of the marginalized and disadvantaged, and saves our humanity in conflict situations.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development approved in September 2015, the United Nations recognizes that the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an essential requirement for sustainable development.

A concrete example of commitment to humanity was given by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

The Agenda also calls for a spirit of enhanced global solidarity, focusing in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. It also recognizes the role of the various private sectors, ranging from microenterprises to cooperatives and multinationals, and that of civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in said agenda, grouped into six essential elements: dignity, human beings, the planet, prosperity, justice and alliances. In its 169 goals and about 230 indicators, they have the potential to transform our lives and our planet through harmonization and, in this way, face the challenges facing humanity.

They also provide the necessary framework for philanthropic institutions to enable all people to contribute to the betterment of our world. In recognition of the role of charity in mitigating human suffering, the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/67/105, decided to designate September 5 as International Charity Day.

The date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work in the fight against poverty and distress.

A nun and recognized missionary, Mother Teresa was born in 1910 in the former Yugoslavia, with the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. In 1928 she went to India, where she dedicated herself to helping the destitute. In 1948 she became an Indian citizen and in 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity order in
Calcutta, who achieved notoriety for his work among the poorest and the dying.

For 45 years he ministered among the poor, sick, orphaned and dying, while the Missionaries of Charity spread, first in India and then in other countries, creating hospices and residences for the poor and homeless. The work of her obtained the recognition and praise of the whole world and won her numerous prizes and distinctions; among others, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. For her, “poverty and anguish constitute a threat to peace.”

Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, at the age of 87. Charity Day is an opportunity to reflect on how we can support other people from our community, our work environment, student and even in areas of entertainment, there we will always find someone who needs a kind voice.

That is the first step, we can also offer help in different ways, with time, material resources or simply being there in solidarity with those who are experiencing difficult times. We are surrounded by needs. Support is a matter of will. Let’s do it keeping in mind the dignity of people.

It is a commitment to human solidarity. Every day we can program a charitable action in favor of organizations or people who are in need. Let’s make it possible.

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