Sharing is caring

‘Being Human’ is a great name for a philanthropic organisation. That is because it communicates the very obvious yet forgotten message that to give and to share our blessings is what make us a true human being. And to show us the way, there are many successful businessmen and celebrities who are setting a great example by sharing their possessions and their time generously.

Can you think of any such role models?

Do names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg,Azim Premji, Shiv Nadar, Ratan Tata, and Salman Khan come to mind?

You may believe you are too young to think about this, but you are not! There are so many children your age or younger than you who are missing out their childhood. They can use your generosity.

Moreover, as Indians, giving should come naturally to us. Giving and sharing has always been an integral part of our customs and traditions since ancient times.

Our ethos teach us about ‘karma’ which essentially means ‘what goes around comes around’. One must give to get and the more you give, the more you will get. And that is not the only reason... Give for the joy of giving. You will feel wonderful after you share.

Dictionary meaning:

Share[ʃɛː/] - give a portion of (something) to another or others

Philanthropy[fɪˈlanθrəpi/] - the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

Giving also helps you control your own wants. You realise how there are so many less privileged than you who are happy with so little. You will learn to be happy with a lot less.

You can start small by sharing your things with your siblings or friends or you can be more generous and share your blessings/savings with those who are less privileged.

Pause to ponder: What can you give? Your toys? Books? Clothes? Money? Time? Everything counts!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

The idiom ‘charity begins at home’ tells us to be generous towards our family before helping others.

Daan Utsav (formerly known as The Joy of Giving Week) is a "festival of philanthropy that aims to become a part of the Indian ethos, with the Week being celebrated every year covering Gandhi Jayanti by engaging people through "acts of giving"—money, time, resources and skills—spanning the corporate, NGO and government sectors, schools, colleges and the general public. It is celebrated in the first week of October.
The suggested rule is to give away 10% of everything we get or earn.
What goes around comes around. You get back many times of what you give.
Follow the order: ‘Give-Save-Spend’

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  1. Get three jars.
  2. Print the ‘Share Save Spend’ stickers given here and paste one of them on top of each of the jars. 
  3. Every time you get your pocket money, first put at lease 10% aside for sharing, then put the required amount in the savings jar, and then and only then, whatever is left in the spend jar.
  4. Remember always put aside money for sharing first.
  1. Print the 3S given in the section on needs and wants, fill it up and put it up in your room.
  2. Mention the things you will spend on, save for and share during the month. You may keep adding items as you go along.
  3. Note: If you have already printed it while understanding needs and wants, please use the same sheet and add the things you will share.

  4. Review it every week to ensure you are keeping your promise.
  5. Print a new sheet every month or every time you fulfil the promise made on the previous one.
  1. You can donate online through portals like Amazon Cares ‘Gift a smile’.
  2. You can share your things with lesser privileged kids in your neighbourhood.
  3. Every birthday, you can use the savings in the share jar and buy something to give at an orphanage or at any other institution.

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