Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.

In the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015, the United Nations recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The Agenda also calls for a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. It also acknowledges the role of the diverse private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals, and that of civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations in the implementation of the new Agenda.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth in the Agenda can be grouped into six critical areas: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. They have the potential to transform our lives and our planet by providing the framework needed for philanthropic institutions to enable all people to contribute to the betterment of our world.

(Source: United Nations)

Throughout the week we have put a spotlight across our social media on the good news stories from our partners around the world who have been adaptable, flexible and creative in their new approaches to their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has enabled SERVE and our partners to continue our work together to support the communities we work alongside. While our volunteer and immersion programmes were postponed in 2020, the work must continue and we must continue to support our partners and express solidarity with our host communities.

On Charity Day we are highlighting our volunteers who have remained engaged and committed to SERVE through our SERVE@Home meetings, fundraisers, joining the Solidarity Games participating in the Global Citizen Award and virtual volunteering! Thank you for your continued support.

This video is a short tribute to our volunteer and immersion placements that should have been in 2020.