The helping hand


Children sharing goodies during a holiday party. Sharing is a sign of love and builds good friendships. / Dennis Agaba.

Growing up my parents have always reminded me about the importance of extending a hand and helping those in need. They often told me that you don’t need to have a lot to be a giving person in life. You can still help with little.

I have always tried to make my parents proud by helping my fellow children both at school and in our neighbourhood. For instance, I do this by sharing my food and drinks at school, giving out some of my presents to others who don’t have and donating clothes to children who can’t afford to buy clothes.

This spirit in return has built a strong bond between me and the people I manage to help, but most importantly it has taught me how to be giving, humble, grateful with what I have, and also more appreciating.

My mother once told me that helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving also connects us to others and enables us to make good friends.

I believe there are more benefits in helping others, and I think you can tell your own experience if you have ever helped someone. This festive season, I encourage all children to embrace the spirit of helping and extending a hand to those around them who are needy.

The writer is a 12-year-old primary six pupil