interview: Why is it necessary to teach young people the value of charity?

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Christine Shimwe, 12 years

This is a must-have life value for every young person. It is a good sign of being compassionate to the needy and those that need support at any time. Our teacher once told us that whether rich, poor, strong or weak, there comes a time when you need a helping hand from someone else, thus it’s important to sow good seeds by assisting those around you when you’re in a position to support.

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Ariane Cyuzuzo, 12 years

From my understanding, charity is mainly about caring and helping one another. It is an act of good faith. It not only shows a good heart but humanity and as the Bible puts it, it’s good to help those in need. When you help your friend or the needy you set a good example for others to follow.

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Desire Nyandwi, 14 years

Charity is more than giving out a piece of bread, but rather more of a bond that you create with the person you help. I believe that when you assist a person, you open a way for them to communicate and express themselves and also share their inner feelings. Also, helping breaks the boundaries of selfishness and makes you a better person. These are good lessons that young people can gain from doing charity.

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Keria Beza, 13 years

Our teachers always tell us that though we are similar, our abilities are different. They teach us that those with more should help those with less; and that’s how charity works. As young people we need to look beyond our needs. It is a noble thing to take care of the needs of our colleagues with what we have whether plenty or little.

By Dennis Agaba