Article on Philanthropy

Social service should be passion not hobby.

Life is precious and leading a meaningful life makes it all the more valuable. Each one of us is unique and have set of skills and talent that can bring a change in society but it will only happen if we wish to take that one step forward.

It’s rightly said by Mahatma Gandhi, “ Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

I have always been multitasking all my life. In school I equally excelled in academics and sports, I was elected as the Head girl of my School and with that responsibility I also worked for National Social Service as a volunteer for two years. I completed my M.A in English and MBA in HR simultaneously, worked as a professor in college and volunteered in NGO’s at the same time. Even today though I am a model, a story teller and a blogger yet my priorities are set in life.

Social service or what we call philanthropy has been an integral part of my life since I was a teenager and till date I do it with all my heart and dedication. Even before I won the crown of Mrs Delhi NCR 2019, I was actively working with several NGO’s but after winning the title it helped me reach out to more people.

Since many years I am working with organizations related to children, women and the EWS in society. I take storytelling sessions, reading fluency programs, art and craft activities, career counseling sessions, awareness campaigns on health and hygiene etc. It gives me great satisfaction yet I feel I have so much more to do. Working with NGO’s is an enlightening experience for me. I learn, I grow and get acquainted with the ways of life.

Sudha Murthy aptly said, “ Mindset has more power than anything else in the world.”

Social service is not just a one time donation that you give on a particular occasion, that’s one step in the entire procedure. You don’t need to be rich and wealthy to do philanthropy, all you need is passion and a desire to bring change. Donate as much you can, impart your skills, join an NGO to render voluntary services. In current times, there is so much you can do, get associated with various NGO’s and be a voice against domestic violence and child abuse. Work towards gender sensitization and equal rights for all. Aid in rural development, child education, women empowerment, health and hygiene for economically backward section etc. Get involved with campaigns to spread awareness regarding environmental issues like pollution control, water conservation, tree plantations, recycling, composting etc.

Albert Einstein remarked,” Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile “.

If you don’t have much time to spare the do random act of kindness- gift toys, books, school bags and shoes to kids in need, surprise your maid or security guard with a bag full of ration, distribute clothes and blankets to rag pickers, provide healthcare to stranded animals on streets, feed them food, distribute medicines to the needy, visit old homage and orphanage to render help, the list is unending about what all you can do as an individual to bring a change. It all starts with a decision.

Just google about the organizations that require volunteers who can help in their respective fields. There are several websites with list of various NGO’s , you can choose an organization of your choice related to your skills to aid them in their endeavors to uplift the needy for a healthy and better society. If not then get locally connected with people who run NGO’s or various campaigns on regular intervals as a relief work during critical times. Never shy away from lending a helping hand. Your one small effort may bring a big difference in someone’s life. So start today.

Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yusufzai, Greta Thunberg are examples that status, income and age doesn’t matter if you wish to bring a change in the world.

To quote John F Kennedy, “ One person can make a difference and everyone should try.

Akanksha Datta
Founder- Akanksha’s Book Club

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