International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity

Evelyn Fraire

International Charity day occurs annually on September 5th; with charity we can help many people who are in need. Charity is not mandatory, but it is a great way to help. This provides great ways of social bonding as well as contributes to bettering our society. Charity can help in many ways – one of them being alleviation: it can help better the worst effects of human crises. Also, health care; this goes for those whose health has declined rapidly over a few days.




Background: September 5th was selected as the official day of National Charity day in order to pay tribute to Mother Teresa of Calcutta who passed away on September 5th, 1997 at 87 years of age. In the year 1928 Mother Teresa went to India where she fully devoted herself to helping those in poverty. In the year 1948 she became an Indian citizen and founded the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkota (Calcutta) in 1950. Mother Teresa ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and those who were on their death beds for over 45 years – she was all about the people. I bet it was just heartbreaking seeing those young children and elders in distress.


Her Work: Mother Teresa’s work has not gone unnoticed by the public. In fact, her work has been acclaimed throughout the world and she has received many awards and distinctions including being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.” The General Assembly of the United Nations designated the 5th of September, which is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as the international Day of Charity.

Information can be found at United.Nations National Charity day