“Rather than being a human, be a humanitarian” – Kowtham Kumar
Are you pondering the importance of giving of your time and money to charitable organizations like NGOs and Non-Profits?
This quotation by Kowtham Kumar highlighted above, describes the raison d’etre of being human. Ergo, being human is to espouse humanitarian acts and principles.
What is a humanitarian?
By way of answering this question, let’s examine the following definition:
A humanitarian is defined as a“person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.”
The new normal: Navigating the socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19
The world first heard of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the last days of 2019. Fast forward to May 2020, and very little is known about this virus. Consequently, scientists and medical professionals are struggling to predict the virus’s behavior.
What is internationally accepted is that one of the only ways to control its rampant spread is social isolation or social distancing. Therefore, over 50% of the world’s population is currently under a stay-at-home or lockdown order. All non-essential businesses have closed, and millions of people have either lost their jobs or been furloughed. As a result, the COVID-19 is responsible for a total shutdown of the global economy, costing the world at least $7 trillion (USD).
NGOs and non-profits like yadezra.net are still continuing to feed the vulnerable, poor, and needy during these challenging times. However, it is a challenge because they are feeling the financial strain from the economic challenges of the fallout from COVID-19. Thus, they need donations even more than before the world woke up to the “new normal.”
Reasons why donating to charities is an imperative
Now that we have established that donating to NGOs, non-profit organizations, and charities is an imperative, let’s consider two of the most important benefits of supporting NGOs and charities during this crisis.
Helping people less fortunate
It is our social, moral, an ethical imperative to help people less fortunate than ourselves. It does not matter how much we give, what matters is that we give. Many religious organizations espouse the edict of giving at least 10% of all income to a charitable organization.
The website, nonprofitsource.com, notes that “giving to religion (defined as giving specifically to congregations, denominations, missionary societies, and religious media) has consistently remained America’s single largest recipient of charitable giving.”
Thus, irrespective of what our personal beliefs are because this article’s intent is not to discuss religion, let’s consider a simple case study of giving to charity during these challenging times.
If by way of example, we use the principle of giving 10% of our income to charity, then the following figures apply:
For every $10 we earn, we only need to give $0.10 to charity.
Therefore, if we only earn $40 per month ($10 per week x 4), then the maximum amount that we need to donate to charity for a particular month is $0.40.
Statistics show that, in 2017, the median US weekly salary was $857. Thus, an average American employee earned $3428 per month ($847 x 4 weeks). Therefore, 10% of $3428 is $342.80. Thus, the maximum amount suggested based on the 10% rule is $342.80.
While this sounds like a lot of money, in the bigger scheme of things it is only 10% of your salary. And, from personal experience, it is essential to make the donation as soon as you get paid; otherwise, it is easy to spend this money on something else.
Improves our mental, emotional, and physical health
The health benefits associated with generosity include increased self-esteem, improved mood, less depression, lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and greater happiness.
Research studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health have found that giving to charitable organizations boosts the feel-good chemicals or endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are manufactured by the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands. They act as a pain reliever and a happiness booster.
As an aside, it is interesting to note that endorphins have a similar function in your body as opioids. In other words, endorphins act as natural opioids. The human body has special receptors that bind to the synthetic opioids when taken on prescription by a medical professional to manage short-term pain. And, the combination of the opioids and the body’s receptors blocks pain signals from reaching the brain.
Consequently, the more you give and help people who are less fortunate, the more endorphins your body will manufacture, the happier you will be. And, the happier you are, the healthier you are.
It’s vital to remember that, while philanthropic behavior is essential to your health and happiness, it’s equally important to manage your budget carefully, save as much as you can, and not overspend on anything. Otherwise, you will end up in financial difficulties.
The consequences of overspending are directly juxtaposed to the positive benefits of giving and managing your finances properly. And, if you overspend, you will no longer be in the position to support charitable organizations. Thus, everyone concerned, including yourself, will lose out on the overall benefits of your charitable actions.
Donations toward a new boat for Watertown hero David Henneberry – the man who came face-to-face with Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside his vessel – are already pouring in from around the country.
David Henneberry, 66, is the man credited for ending a nightmarish manhunt for the most wanted man in America.
The after effect was a sacrifice, however was countless holes in his boat that neighbors would describe as his “baby”.
“That boat’s his baby. He takes care of it like you wouldn’t believe. And they told him it’s all shot up,” David Henneberry’s friend and neighbor George Pizzuto told ABC News.
“He’s going to be heartbroken.”
Doborah Newberry of Orlando Florida, so moved by David Henneberry’s heroism and sacrifice, says she’s already mailed a $25 check to his home marked, “towards a new boat”.
“I just want him to know that people care about him because I know he’s probably the guy that would say, <<Well, that’s okay>>,” Deborah Newberry, 66, told ABC.
“But I just would like him to know that we’re all thinking about him and appreciate his spirit.”
Jacksonville attorney John Phillips says he also plans to send David Henneberry a check for $1,000 toward a new boat.
David Henneberry, 66, is the man credited for ending a nightmarish manhunt for the most wanted man in America
“[The boat] is fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but that’s what’s significant to him,” John Phillips told ABCNews.com.
“If that’s what the guy’s passion is, I have no problem whatsoever chipping in and helping out.”
John Phillips suspects the boat, believed to be a 22-foot Seahawk cruiser featuring a fiberglass hull that retails for around $50,000, will be held as evidence for a while anyway leaving David Henneberry well beyond empty handed.
Meanwhile Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said that someone in Detroit, Michigan has emailed asking to fully replace David Henneberry’s boat as well.
“It’s just incredible,” Edward Deveau said of the outpouring of support which comes toward his police department as well.
“I’m getting emails and things from all over the world.”
Like thousands of other residents of Watertown, a sleepy middle-class suburb of Boston, David Henneberry had been cooped up in his home, at 67 Franklin Street, since police imposed a curfew in the early hours of Friday.
The curfew followed a 2 a.m. gun battle just a few streets away that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar on the run.
A thousand police, SWAT teams, dog units and explosive experts had been going door-to-door as frightened residents were ordered to shelter inside their homes.
But by 5.30 p.m., Dzhokhar Tsarnaev still hadn’t been found and the curfew was lifted.
Despite cool temperatures and intermittent rain, residents – many of whom had been locked inside their homes all day – began emerging on to the streets. Some jogged, others walked their dogs while most stood chatting to neighbors.
David Henneberry, whose “passion” is his 24-ft white fibreglass Seahawk pleasure cruiser, strolled into his garden at 6.05 p.m. – and immediately noticed the tarpaulin covering his prized boat had been disturbed.
His neighbor, George Pizzuto, said: “He got his ladder and put it up against the side of the boat and climbed up. He saw blood on it and what he thought was a body lying at the back. He immediately ran inside and called the police.
“David was totally distraught and in shock. That boat’s his baby. He takes care of it like you won’t believe.”
Robert Duffy, David Henneberry’s stepson, added: “As soon as he saw the tarp on the boat he knew something wasn’t right. It was flapping in the wind and, when he got the ladder he realized one of the straps had been cut – not chafed, or unhooked but cut.
“He stuck his head under it and noticed a pool of blood and what he thought was a man’s leg. He saw someone crumpled up in a ball.”
Minutes later and all hell broke loose as around 300 police officers, FBI and SWAT teams descended on the quiet neighborhood.
At 6.15 p.m. police had cordoned off a three-block, area, erecting barricades and sending sharpshooters to “cover” street corners and take positions on rooftops. A police helicopter with heat sensors flew over the garden to verify there was a body inside the boat.
Just before 7 p.m., an FBI negotiating team rushed past the barricades at high speed. A police spokesman later said: “They were on stand-by all day to talk to the suspect. We always wanted to bring him out alive if possible.”
At 7.25 p.m. there was a burst of gunfire as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and police exchanged more than 40 shots, quickly followed by a series of bangs as flash bombs were thrown into the boat to “smoke him out”.
A bomb squad robot was also sent in to peel back the tarpaulin, while FBI negotiators using megaphones attempted to talk Dzhokhar Tsarnaev down. Police footage later showed the suspect surrendering.
A source said: “The suspect waved his arms and officers made him lift up his shirt and lower his trousers to show he had no explosives strapped to his body. There was a very genuine fear that he might be wearing a suicide vest.”
AT 8.43 p.m., a SWAT team stormed in, dragging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev out and to the ground. Watertown police chief Edward Deveau said that, at that stage, “he put up no resistance. He knew it was over”.
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