A guest blog from Polygeia.

Giving to charity can be something we barely think about – dropping small change into a donation box or sponsoring a friend’s fundraising efforts. However, these small acts, as well as larger donations, are essential in supporting the work of countless organisations across the world, including Lepra.

The 5th of September is the United Nations International Day of Charity. The day marks the anniversary of the death of Mother Theresa, a figure best known for her efforts to reduce poverty and suffering [1].  

The day aims to increase awareness of the role charitable organisations play in alleviating poverty, hunger and disease, as well as responding to natural disasters [2].

Why give to charity?

In a world that seems full of poverty, discrimination and disease, it can often feel difficult to make a difference. As individuals sometimes we don’t know how best to support communities that are affected by disease or poverty.

Charitable organisations like us are able to bridge the gap between the public and those in need. With your support we can use our expertise to tackle the issues in-country and make a real difference.

Last year alone you helped us to directly reach more than 279,900 people directly in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique. We were also able to reach 2 million more by increasing awareness of leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases through education and events.

At Lepra...

We are so thankful for all of your gifts. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to carry out such life-saving work. Your money is used to make a real impact on the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest areas:

  • Just £3 can buy a self-care kit, allowing someone with leprosy to look after the parts of their body that have been affected by the disease and prevent further infections
  • £4.50 buys a custom-made pair of shoes allowing those with foot deformities to walk again and go back into work
  • And £25 pays for a health education programme to be taught at schools, allowing children to recognise symptoms of illness and raising awareness of leprosy

All donations can make a huge difference - please donate this International Day of Charity to allow us to help even more people, overcome prejudice, and work towards a leprosy-free world.

Get involved this International Day of Charity– whether it’s fundraising, volunteering or donating, you can make a difference!

References:

[1] http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/background.shtml
[2] http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/index.shtml
[3] http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us
[4] http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
[5] http://www.endpolio.org/
[6] https://www.againstmalaria.com/Default.aspx