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Giving Because We Are All one

Reading The Five People you meet in Heaven, a novel by Mitch Albom was life-transforming for me. One of the insights I got from the book is that, if you are giving back to your community, you are actually giving to yourself. Because all lives are connected; whether we believe it or not.

“There are no random acts…We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.”

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

“Things that happen before you are born still affect you and people who come before your time affect you as well.”

Growing Up Middle Class

I don’t take the opportunities that I have been given for granted. My parents were middle class but they were self-made, so they trained us to value the privileges we had. As I have gotten older, I have become more conscious of my society and I try to help my community

No matter where you are in life, you have the opportunity to give back- to think of someone other than yourself. There’s always something in your hand to give.

Across Nigeria, many people still struggle to feed themselves daily. Many low-income families cannot afford quality training for their kids and have to settle for government schools that lack the required facilities for learning.

I particularly believe that quality education is one of the sure ways to get out of poverty. So, sponsor a child’s learning. Your help could be the very thing that determines whether a child becomes a nuisance to society or a responsible citizen.

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Paul Anejodo

 Dr Paul Anejodo’s story exemplifies the power we have to change the lives of others for the better; the story went viral a few years ago. The young Paul was found sitting underneath a tree with a severe leg ulcer and a family decided to help him to get proper medical treatment. He was later adopted by the same family and given a good education. Today, he is a medical doctor.

All lives are connected and the people that come before us affect us somehow. Every time you give (whether it’s your time or money to improve someone else’s lot in life), you are shaping countless lives; many of whom are not yet born

“money is worth nothing if it doesn’t give you the opportunity to love more.”
-Tobi Amokeodo