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The Importance of Giving Back to Inspire Change

Monday, October 19, 2015

Too often we get caught up in life and all the negativity that we forget simple acts of kindness and giving back. We live in a world where people only give to get back and there are some that don't give anything at all. Today I will be sharing how I give my time and knowledge to inspire young minds.


The global literacy rate for people aged 15 and over is 84.1% and for males is 88.6% which means over 16% of children who leave school at the primary level leave illiterate; how is this even possible? According to recent studies , these students are able to memorize certain passages or stories in order to pass a subject in school rather than actually learn it.


There are also those who are absent because of family issues or they live in volatile communities. Education and literacy has always been important to me so I ensure those around me have access to reading material and I dedicate that time to helping them to read and understand words and terms. I dedicate at least an hour 3 times per week to assist a child in school with Homework and to enhance their reading skills.

Boys learn differently than girls so I ensure their minds are entertained by using various methods like Interactive Video Games , Outdoor activities and other activities in between. Some of the material I use have to be sourced from other countries for example the Leap Pad Brand and this takes money to do so. One service I've relied on for this is Western Union to get money on time so I can purchase the items I need. Western Union's Chain of Betters Initiative believes that "when money moves , better things happen. A business expands , A family connects. A child goes to college. Emergency aid arrives the moment it's needed. An economy prospers , an opportunity opens , a community heals. Moving money for better means moving money for a better world- creating for individuals, businesses and for society. Western Union believes that when money moves around the world it creates a chain of good deeds to change lives in ways we would have never imagined.


I challenge you to do a selfless act to give back to others and inspire others to do the same. How does your money move to inspire change?

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20 comments on "The Importance of Giving Back to Inspire Change"
  1. I have been trying to teach my kids the importance of this lesson. It's so important to give back.

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  2. I totally believe those statistics, unfortunately. Teachers are restricted to spending precious time giving standardized tests versus actually teaching and are often forced to "parent" behavior issues instead of teaching students who are ready to learn. Until parents and families have a more proactive purpose in their children's education, it will be a struggle.

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  3. I try to actively buy from brands that give a portion of their profits to help people that are in need. This is a great initiative by Western Union.

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  4. I think giving back in any way you can is so important. Whether it's money, time or donations, it's amazing what a big difference a little donation can make! Thank you for reminding me of that.

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  5. Giving back is so important. I try to instill that in my son.

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  6. This is a wonderful promotion Western Union has happening. I do believe that when money moves around the world great change can happen.

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  7. 16%?? That does seem impossible to me.
    I'm all about selfless acts - doing them and teaching my kids to do so too.

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  8. It's so nice to see blog posts that encourage giving back!

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  9. I'm continuously amazed by the global literacy rate, but even more struck by the national literacy rate. Giving back is not just important, it is necessary. I learned how to read when I was 3-years=old because of a babysitter who loved to teach me how! I feel a responsibility to give that gift back to others.

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  10. Amen to giving back - I do a lot for pet rescue and it is the greatest feeling in the world.

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  11. There's so much power in a good, selfless deed. I love hearing of people paying it forward too!

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  12. There's so much power in a good, selfless deed. I love hearing of people paying it forward too!

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  13. I used to always give back. Right now we're in limbo and not able to, but the time will come again, and I will be generous.

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  14. Way to go Western Union! Love to see big companies help to give back to our communities in meaningful ways! I'm inspired to do a selfless deed today!

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  15. Such an important lesson!
    We have been teaching our little ones through example so here's hoping they carry on the tradition.

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  16. We have been working on this as a family. My kids are genuinely learning that it is better to give then receive.

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  17. It's so important to give back! I am actually looking for programs to give back and donate my time to help others! Thank you for your inspiring post!

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  18. It's definitely important to give to those who need it. You should always pay what you have been given forward, too.

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  19. Giving Back ~ Paying Forward I think are so important. I try to do both ever chance I get.

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  20. Inspiring. Global literacy is such an important issue. I've done a lot of teaching abroad and it's astounding to see the reality of poor school systems and poor access to resources like books and other teaching essentials.

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