Empathy is innate, but it is best when nurtured. The world would be a much better place if more people felt true compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than themselves and acted accordingly. Having children in charitable act from a young age teaches them that even the smallest child can make a big difference in the lives of others.
In my experience, people get involved in charitable act at different times in their lives. It is a very personal concept involving:
(1) issues/concerns they care about, which are really close to their heart
(2) having the time and energy to do something they care about
(3) having known pathways to it
Parents and family members of younger children (under 18) can encourage children around by exposing them to issues, listening to what they care about and supporting these (examples: taking kids to do volunteer work, being sympathetic when children comment about those in need, pointing out when visiting the zoo that it is supported by voluntary contributions, etc.). Parents also need to model philanthropic behavior by mentioning issues of concern to them and how they are involved and giving. However, a common barrier is that parents oversell their issues and don’t respond to their children’s interests.
My son Krishna Sachdeva, accompanied team Charitnation for distribution of daily need items for daily wagers and migrant workers during Covid-19 lockdown in India.
Keep it up Krishna !
Founder and Managing Trustee