This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. The Dalai Lama
Small Acts of Kindness is a registered charity providing support for young people in areas impacted by extreme poverty and conflict.
Over the last 10 years we have spent time working and playing with street children and orphans in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal and most recently, Rwanda. It has been born of a desire to help those who we might see as less fortunate; it just feels like the right thing to do. In the big picture it is a drop in the ocean but there is a saying that ‘small acts of kindness change the world’ and, drop by drop, we can make a difference and create a legacy for those who follow.
There are many charities and agencies that work in these areas and it is easy enough to give money but often there is a concern as to where that money goes and how it is used? And, there is more to this than just money. By actually getting physically involved and committing your time and energy, you give something of yourself. The children benefit but so do you – it will impact on your life and the quality of your being.
The aim of the Small Act of Kindness (SAOK) is to enrich the lives of children, families and communities in poverty and in areas effected by conflict by creating or supporting educational and developmental programmes and projects.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
The greatest gift we can give is an education that will enable these children to have more choice in how they live their lives. There is so much great work being done and so much desire amongst people to do more; it just needs a way of bringing the right people together in the right place and time. And that is the aim of this initiative; to provide a focus and a channel for people of all ages and backgrounds to change the world – through small acts of kindness
SAOK is a channel for people of all ages and walks of life to use their talents, energy and time to support the education of people, particularly children in deprived and traumatised areas of the world. Also important for us, is to focus resources on the development of leadership and teaching skills in the local community and the broader education of the children in life and work skills.
Each new project will be researched by the SAOK team before we ask for support from individuals, teams and organisations. Wherever possible, projects will be in support of local community initiatives and aim to build self-supporting educational programmes. We will link with existing NGOs and charities to avoid unnecessary administration and to ensure that our resources are applied at the point of need.
SAOK is a charitable trust, an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit organization and any funds raised will go directly to the community projects. Volunteers will fund their own travel and living expenses, insurance and administrative costs (visas etc). As we are administered by The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the money we raise will only be distributed to charitable organisations recognized by CAF.
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Inspire Sport & Leadership Programme
In 2016, we have launched a programme using sport to develop leadership and life skills. In Nepal, we have now run two programmes for 80 young girls in support of a women’s empowerment initiative. The impact was dramatic. We have run two programmes in Sri Lanka for 50 and then 30 children and are now looking to expand the programme in those countries and around the world. This year, we have run programmes in Sri Lanka Nepal and Rwanda. We are planning another visit to Sri Lanka in November