A friend told me about his neighbor that was elderly and very sick. She needed to reach the doctor but could not move and refused to call for emergency help. So we linked our arms and carried her to the car. We ended up taking her to two doctors and a clinic. Since we were in her home we saw that she needed food and clothing. So the next day we came back with some cooked food and extra groceries. We spent time and straightened her house a bit, she was poor so did not have much. We sat and talked with her, she reached out and held my hand and said I saved her life. I laughed, “no but you sure have brought a lot of happiness to me, seeing the smile on your face and the melody of your voice after the doctor did his wonder.”
I learned that it is the poorest of the poor that suffer the greatest as they fall through the normal systems. Unless we look out for those that have no immediate family and those that are in extreme poverty they will suffer greatly. I support India Partners, http://indiapartners.org/, because they work to transform the communities they work with. Not just giving a handout, but developing the community so that the people will no longer suffer, and teaching as they go, so that the people they help will not always be looking for another handout but seeking to see how they can help others.
I think of giving to India Partners as a leveraged investment in happiness. I know that not only will I improve the lives of others but I will far happier as a result. My giving is a double blessing.
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