Through our partnership with our friends, Lima & Malika Aklant and Angali Zaidi, we raised funds to pay for food staples for the meals they prepared and distributed to the hungry and impoverished in their city during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. | April, 2020 – India
WHY this MATTERS to ME …
I have been friends with Lima and Malika for many years – and was honored to meet Cousin Anjali recently! – and I have LOVED hearing how they are serving their community, in the midst of being separated due to the Coronavirus lockdown in India. Malika was visiting her momma when the lockdown mandates were issued and she is now there with her kids in the city of Allahabad, about 5 hours from their home – where Lima is currently – in Lucknow.
Malika’s family in Allahabad are now cooking food for between 350 sisters and brothers of ours who are living in poverty and on the streets. They tuck the food (rice, dal, fruit) into little packets and pile into their car for delivery around the city. They’re also making soap and masks so that the poor in their community can be protected.
WATCH my conversation with Lima & Malika Aklant and Angali Zaidi about how they transformed their family’s separation into compassionate service.
JOIN US as an EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST …
As part of our call to all to be an everyday philanthropist, each month I spotlight a project or program in the world. Our partner’s focus is in at least one of these five categories: human rights, education, health, community emergencies, and art-activism. I am blessed with a huge pool of changemakers in my community – so there is never a lack of trusted organizations with whom to partner.
This sort of “everyday philanthropy” is about an unrestrained generosity rooted in the reality of your everyday life. Generosity feels good. It is part of your purpose on the planet. It finds ways to share with others the treasure trove of whatever you have and whatever you love. It makes a difference with your small and large acts alike … living with a commitment and connection to your sisters and brothers near and far. Explore and discover your unique – right here and now – calling to be an everyday philanthropist today.
I get it: These stories and the very invitation to give and to BE philanthropists isn’t always comfortable. Or easy. Sometimes it’s the world’s pain pricking our hearts that wakes us up to see – and say yes! – to our destiny.
So, today and together, let’s dispute the suggestion that philanthropy is an exclusive club only for those deemed wealthy. Today and together, let’s dispute that the only thing that matters and makes a difference is giving in “big” ways. The movement that will be unleashed when we live as generously unrestrained philanthropists WILL light up the world.
You are loved.
We belong to each other.
Let’s standTALL together and light up the world!
xo, -Sarah Davison-Tracy, Seeds of Exchange