Philanthropy: All Walks of Life
Crusaders of Earth are those who make philanthropy a cornerstone of their life. People who tap deep reserves of time, energy and money and devote it to helping others. Philanthropy born out of a loving, caring and compassionate heart. While these people may have these qualities in common they can come from all walks of life.
Mother Teresa was a woman many people admired for her charitable works. She was a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary who spent most of her life in India. She was particularly noted for helping the aged, the destitute, the diseased and the terminally ill.
She was the founder of the Missionaries of Charity which is active in 133 countries and in 2012 was a sisterhood 4,500 strong. These sisters run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. They also run soup kitchens, dispensaries and mobile clinics.
Bill Clinton, the former President of the United States established the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. It’s goal is to bring people together to take on the biggest challenges of the 21st century.
He spends his time helping to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies and protecting the environment. He does this in part by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and private citizens.
His foundation has set in motion a number of initiatives. One of these is the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). It’s a global health organization that’s committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
Bono, from the Dublin-based rock band U2, is one of the world’s best known philanthropic performers. Using his celebrity to generate awareness he has managed to enlist the help of powerful allies in the causes he supports. These include government leaders, religious institutions, philanthropic organizations, popular media and the leaders in the business world.
He has been involved for over a decade in campaigning for things like third-world debt relief and raising awareness of the great difficulties Africa is facing. These include dire poverty and the AIDS pandemic.
Though they come from very different walks of life they all share compassion and an interest in the well-being of others. A model of philanthropy in action.
From time-to-time I’ll be writing about those who have distinguished themselves by helping those in need.
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