Why I do charity work

By Dev Mehra Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/3 5:03:41

I am just an ordinary foreigner in China with some beautiful dreams. One of them is to make other people happy and make a difference.

I am from India and have been in China for three years. I've been to many places in China and currently reside in Yibin in Sichuan Province. I work in the hospitality industry, and my hobbies are traveling, photography and yoga. I'm also involved in Indo-Chinese cultural activities and charity work.

Charity work helps me make a difference. People often ask me, "Why do you do it? What do you get?"

My answer is always the same, "I do it for others and also for myself."

I feel happy when I do charity work, especially activities that involve children. They are the future, and we need to understand this. It gives me the courage to work harder and keep doing it again and again. I like making a positive impact on society.

By making myself happy, I can make other people happy. By having positive vibes, I can spread positive vibes. I think you first have to change yourself to change the world.

The practice of charity means volunteering to help those in need. It is a humanitarian act.

For me, it's not only about giving money or things but also about giving your time and unconditional love to the less fortunate.

In India, the practice of charity is called Daana in Hinduism. It is the virtue of generosity or giving. I have my personal theory and practice behind it. I have been fasting every Tuesday for the past few years.

Also, I don't spend money when I fast. I save it and use it for charity once every three or six months by adding some more money to it.

This concept of mine might be weird to some people, but it really works for me. It keeps me healthy and makes me feel I am a part of the solution.

I also participate in social work activities in China. I have worked with schools for children with disabilities and a school for left behind kids in a mountain village. I interacted with the kids and tried to contribute something positive to their life in whatever way I could.

It has brought me immense happiness and inspired some of my friends. A lot of them have started taking part in social activities regularly.

This article was published on the Global Times Metropolitan section Two Cents page, a space for reader submissions, including opinion, humor and satire. The ideas expressed are those of the author alone, and do not represent the position of the Global Times.


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