International Day of Charity 2020 celebrated on 5 September

International Day of Charity is an internationally celebrated day on 5 September. It was first introduced by the United Nations. The aim of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and give a platform charity activities around the world for charitable, individuals and volunteer organisations at local, national and international levels.

International Day of Charity seeks to enhance social responsibility and increase public support of charitable causes.

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The Efua Dorkenoo Pan African Award for Reportage on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Win a Month of training at the Guardian in London

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and The Guardian are launching the Efua Dorkenoo Pan African Award for Reportage on FGM for journalists reporting on FGM across Africa. The award is intended to increase media awareness and engagement on FGM within community, national and regional media outlets and recognize and encourage outstanding efforts of journalists throughout Africa.

Eligibility

All articles and reports could be either of investigative or human-interest types; produced in Arabic, English or French; and should be printed or broadcast in Africa between 1 January and 31 December 2015. If the article or report was originally published in a local language, please provide a translated version of the article in Arabic, English or French.

To be eligible for the competition, the candidate must be:

  • A professional journalist working in or for print press (daily, weekly, monthly), radio or TV in Africa or a freelancer with proof of publication of commissioned material. Contest will be limited to journalists working for Africa-based news outlets
  • A national of an African country

Candidates can submit one of the following:

  • Print story, not exceeding 2,000 words
  • Radio report, from 4 to 15 minutes
  • TV report, from 4 to 15 minutes

Entries will be judged based on:

  • Compliance with above eligibility, topic and format conditions
  • Originality/creativity
  • Quality and relevance of data
  • Writing/reporting style
  • Respect for ethical guidelines
Submissions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Submissions are to be judged by a panel of representatives from UNFPA, The Guardian, African media organizations and regional non-governmental organizations.

One finalist will be chosen from each of the three categories, and one overall winner will be chosen from among the three. The three names will be announced on 6 February 2016, International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

The overall winner will receive one month of training at the FGM Multimedia and Investigations Unit at The Guardian in London. All trip and living costs will be covered by the organizers.
Judges’ decisions on all matters are final and no correspondences will be entertained.
UNFPA/The Guardian reserve the right to change any terms and conditions of the contest without prior notice.

  • Submit your entry via email at fgmaward@unfpa.org Use “Pan African Award for FGM Reportage” as the subject header.
  • Include, in English, the following information: Full name, gender, nationality, date of birth, profession, employer (media outlet), country of work, e-mail address and phone number.
  • Provide a web link/print screen/scan/photocopy of the media piece featuring your name as a proof it was published/broadcast in print/online/TV in one of the African media between 1 January and 31 December 2015.
Enter by 4 January 2016 final deadline

For more information, click here.

5 September: International Day of Charity

Charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among people.‎ Poverty persists in all countries of the world, ‎regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.

In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organisations ‎and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the ‎United Nations in its resolution A/RES/67/105 designated the 5th of September, the ‎anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity.‎

On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organisations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organisations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Background

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.

The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.

The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”

Mother Teresa, the renowned nun and missionary, was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910. In 1928 she went to India, where she devoted herself to helping the destitute. In 1948 she became an Indian citizen and founded the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkota (Calcutta) in 1950, which became noted for its work among the poor and the dying in that city.

For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first in India and then in other countries, including hospices and homes for the poorest and homeless. Mother Teresa’s work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa died on September 5th 1997, at 87 years of age.

MoU signed between YUVA and JCYCN

An international memorandum of understanding was signed between YUVA Mauritius and Jagrit Child & Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), Kathmandu. The memorandum calls for collaboration in child protection, instruction, and international exchange between the two NGOs.

This MoU was signed after several meetings between the president of YUVA, Krishna Athal and the president of JCYCN, Tilottam Paudel in Kathmandu. Talking about the Mauritius-Nepal relations, Paudel said that JCYCN is very motivated by this exchange, and his team looks forward to a long-lasting, strong collaboration with YUVA.

Since 2001, JCYCN has been working to serve the society voluntarily; however, JCYCN is continuously working with modest funds and organising programs in coordination with various other organisations viz. NGOs, INGOs, GO’s, and other institutions. In coordination with Volunteer Aid Nepal, JCYCN has also organised an orientation and training program to highlight the importance of volunteerism, sanitation, and social development in various districts of Nepal.

JCYCN has thirty-three general members, and has five staff who is working on full time basis. To motivate, inspire and retain our volunteers, we provide different opportunities for their career development; like providing them opportunities to participate in different national and international programs, engaging them in social work so that they are able to develop themselves.

JCYCN assists different international students and volunteers who come to Nepal for research, study and work. JCYCN provides cultural learning sessions, history, society and other contents as per their need and interest. JCYCN also provides guidance and facilitate international friends from different intuitions and organisations who are interested in visiting different mesmerising and magnetising places of Nepal according to its organisational rules and regulations.

With its guidance and coordination, many international friends are currently studying in different areas of Nepal and collecting information on different issues. Most of these people have come from Thailand, United Kingdom, Japan, USA, Netherland, Norway, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Belgium and India. In collaboration with these organisations, JCYCN has provided cultural classes, computers sets, generators to various schools of Nepal.

Some of the major works of JCYCN since 2004:

  • Education support to more than one hundred students in collaboration with Asian Resource Foundation and Hostain Haisain;
  • Since 2012 youth partnership program in collaboration with Ministry of Youth and Sports titled “ Leadership development, peace building and climate change capacity development;
  • In 2014 created CMDRR forum and provided capacity development training on climate change and environment in collaboration with concern universal Bangladesh;
  • In 2007, 2008 and 2011 organised South Asia youth for peace training in collaboration with ARF Thailand;
  • 2014/15 local partner for 3m evaluation for global partnership for children and youth in peace building;
  • Since 2012 JCYCN had organised an awareness program on girl child right violation in more than 25 schools;
  • Organised Universal Periodic Review in collaboration with Pax Romana and other 80 social organisations; and
  • In the initiative of JCYCN Pragatinagar VDC has been declared as Child Friendly Local Governance.