Charity, along with its close relatives Volunteerism and Philanthropy, enables people to contribute to the betterment of the world. We all partake in these acts of kindness for various reasons, whether rooted in altruism or personal reasons, there is often a purpose.
The UN recognizes the importance of charity work and has chosen the 5th of September to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a woman who devoted herself to helping others, and whose acts of charity have been recognized around the world.
Studies are finally looking beyond its potential efficacy and seeing charity as a method for self-development. In recent years, we have been increasingly focused on good health beyond our physical well-being and seeking ways to improve the overall quality of life. Aftermath Association, our not-for-profit organization, was founded on the idea of looking at the bigger picture and using philanthropy as part of a holistic, integrated approach to healing PTSD.
During their stay in Costa Rica, both our participants and volunteers will get involved with various local organizations engaged in philanthropy. These meaningful opportunities are made possible with the help of the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation. When participants return, they will be connected with local Canadian charities to continue their philanthropic activities and their healing.
And although September 5th is the International Day of Charity, may kindness and philanthropy be a practice in our daily lives, all year-round!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill