We’ve talked about skills and resources but there’s another thing that you can use to simply do good…..your time.
If you have some time to spare you could consider doing one of these…..
Visit elderly – Life can be lonely when you get older. Whether it’s a relative, neighbour or someone in a home for the elderly, visit and take time to listen to their stories about the times before we were all caught up in TV, games and phones….you might just learn a thing or two!
Organise a clean-up – you don’t need skills or even a huge team of people. It starts with you and your own local environment. Just pick up some trash and dispose of it in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
Help at church/mosque/temple – There are always opportunities to volunteer and what better cause than your church/mosque/temple? Ask what you can do to help and see if there is a regular way to contribute your time.
Read to small kids – Listening to storybooks has been proven to help children with their literacy, it can also spark an interest in books and reading. Think of your favourite book from when you were young, find a copy and read it to a group of small children. Maybe they can suggest the next story they would like to hear!
Coach kids in schoolwork – Did you know that there are several different ways in which we learn? Some people need to see or feel how something works, others need to read about it or hear it being talked about. Teachers often don’t have time to understand what works for each child in their class but you could support what they are teaching by finding different ways to explain to either one child or a group after school as they do their homework.
Chat to security guards – We often just walk past the people who spend hours outdoors in all weathers working to protect us. Stop and say hi, get to know their names, make conversation….help their day pass a little more quickly and make them feel valued.
Visit someone in hospital – Hospitals can be very lonely places at a time when you are already feeling low. Ask at your local hospital to see if there are any patients who don’t have visitors and offer to sit with them during visiting time, share a few words of encouragement and maybe even help them with some homemade food or a snack.
As always, we would love to hear how you choose to Simply Do Good. Please tag @SDGKenya on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with your stories.
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