Is Giving to Charities Simply Enough?
A mosque in East London has broken the record for the world’s biggest samosa and then fed it to homeless people, the enormous snack, weighing in at 153kg, was made by a team of Muslim Aid Charity volunteers at the East London Mosque on Tuesday 22nd August. After claiming their official Guinness World Record, the Charity then distributed the gigantic samosa to homeless people around Whitechapel.
Residents from the nearby Booth House – the largest men’s hostel in London – were invited to enjoy a piece of the treat. This Hostel is run by the Charity the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army Charity is very important to us, as this Charity Inspired Humanity Gives ( ignoring the faith element which it promotes) we love the accountability movement.
Our own accountability movement is to develop a society where everyone is accountable for their own actions, where Charity is not a by-word for poverty, hard selling techniques and cold calling and nor is it a short- term strategy based on media hype.
Charity must begin from within, not as a religious obligation (though we don’t mind!!) but more importantly it must be hinged on the individual realising their own self-worth.
For several months, I was having lengthy discussions with other Charities whom we supported and facilitated during homeless food runs and during these conversations with primarily front-line volunteers of various charities they all seemed to point at the same overall observation that not everyone had a “problem” (MAD) as I like to call them: Mental Health, Alcoholism or Drugs. In fact, many were professionals once, from successful architects to business owners and for one reason or another individual circumstance quickly spiralled out of control so much so that they were now effectively homeless.
And whilst the numbers of homeless and vulnerable people is ever increasing the job of Charities is becoming more and more difficult the coffers are no longer filling up with donations as they once did.
So how do we as a society overcome this malady? is giving to Charities simply enough are your supporting Charities accountable enough. I personally believe through my own experience everything hinges on Gratitude.
If one becomes grateful, I Mean truly grateful for everything they have and I don’t simply mean their possessions but also skills, capabilities, beliefs, values, experiences, only then can we truly see a shift in society.
So in order to make an impact on Society. Is charity the way forward? I believe so, however as the old saying goes “Charity begins at home” I would like to change the word Home to Heart so reread it reads “Charity begins at the Heart”.
If we were all able to take accountability for our actions our thoughts and our feelings, Society would definitely benefit.
Looking back at the East London Mosque who created a world breaking Samosa one would be forgiven to ask WHY?
Did the clients at Booth House Hostel ask for such a food item? Is spicy food the right type of meal for a homeless person without access to a toilet? Is fried food healthy aren’t there links to cancer? Are they just trying to put their religion in a good light…? and the thoughts go on and on.
However, and I don’t want you to bury your head in the sand and become all “Happy Flappy Singing In the Rain Chakra Types.
But what if the attention was to do some good in the world, contribute in any way, what would the feelings and thoughts of the recipients be? I bet it beats the bland foods most homeless canteens provide or even the thought on being offered such as strange sight that “someone cares about me!
But how does one become Charitable. From my own conversations with others whilst asking for donations there is a “type” of charitable person who believes that life is too short and that it can all end sooner than one is comfortable to admit.
They want to contribute to the world (not change the world) and there every charitable act gets them one closer to making the inevitable change.