Is charity on the same pedestal as love? I believe charity is on a much higher plane than love. Love is a labyrinth of emotions and feelings hence its susceptible to pride, prejudice, expectations. Love is usually informed by relationships, friendships, and family bonds. But charity is giving a helping hand to someone not necessarily related to or known. It could be stranger from a different community or people living in another country.

Phola Community Facilitators reaching out.

When disaster strikes in any corner of the world, it is part of human nature to empathize and at times mobilize resources or even avail our skills and knowledge and lend a helping hand to those in distress. The urge is there to ameliorate or mitigate pain, loss, and suffering of fellow human beings.

Among the common disasters afflicting mankind are civil wars, floods, earthquakes, drought, and diseases like Ebola, malaria, and the current deadly pandemic coronavirus. Following the outbreak of covid-19 virus individuals from poor communities came out in the streets begging for food from passersby mostly in busy intersections, and outside shopping malls.

Phola was among the frontline organizations which provided psycho-social support and food parcels to the victims of gender-based violence during lockdown. The beneficiaries were women and children from Diepsloot, Cosmo city, Zandspruit and Alexander township.

Phola’s act of kindness might have been a drop in an ocean, but the ocean will be a drop less without it. The emaciated bodies of half-dressed children told a thousand stories of hunger and deprivation. Some related sad stories of how they had survived by scavenging in the dust bins.

Phola helping SA’s youth

The highest act of giving is charity. It is unequivocal, unparalleled, and selfless sacrifice borne from UBUNTU. This is the highest stage of love and knows no boundaries and is blind. It knows no religion, political affiliation, prejudices, color, or creed.

Phola’s psycho-social work services are offered gratis. The work is made possible through goodwill, partnerships and collaboration with organizations sharing similar synergies.

Phola’s mission and philosophy are firmly anchored on the values of UBUNTU, encapsulated in the motto, ‘I will be my brother’s keeper.’ Isn’t this the cornerstone of humanity, caring beyond measure and loving without limits?

A renowned motivational speaker once said, “We all have a sleeping giant within us. Each of us has a talent, gift a bit of genius just waiting to be tapped.”

I have recognized the power that we have to change virtually anything and everything in our lives. The amazing thing is that the resources that we need to turn our dreams into reality lie within us.

It doesn’t matter what advantages or disadvantages you were born with. It is not the conditions or external factors of your life that will determine your destiny. What matters is what decisions you make about your life is going to be the decisions that will write the story of your destiny.

By making decisions about what to do with your life you will have become a living example unlimited power of human spirit.

How can you and I make ourselves one of those inspiring examples?

Simply by making decisions today about how we are going to live in the years to come. Your life is entirely what you decide it is. It is your spaceship and you are up or down. The universe starts in your head and spreads out into the world. Change what happens in your head and the universe changes.

We may get stuck in our lives because of a major disappointment or loss resulting in us feeling powerless and unable to do anything, however just one act, anything you can think of, can be enough to restart your engine and recharge your life’s purpose.

Just because you are out of work doesn’t mean you can’t be an entrepreneur. Just because you are out of love doesn’t mean you can’t improve your job skills. By getting better in one area will enhance your self-esteem, which may unlock the door to new opportunities and perhaps point in a new direction.

It is easy? Perhaps not. But as someone once said, ‘easy doesn’t do it?’


If not you, who?

If not here, where?

If not now, when?