Service plays a critical role in uplifting the global ethic. How one acts and serves can not only transform the individual and those directly being served but also has the power to transform the community, nations, regions, and world to better humanity and bring more sustainable solutions for this 21st century.

In an article written for the Global Peace Foundation, a graduate of the Global Peace Women’s Leadership Academy described the powerful individual development one can achieve through a life of living for the sake of others.

In life, we all face different challenges and stressful situations with all that goes on in the world around us. The person next to you on the bus, on the street, or in the park could be straining, unable to share about the trials they face for fear of being harshly judged. Kindness isn’t just essential to help others, it is also vital to our own wellbeing. 

When we are kind, we are compassionate, generous, considerate, and empathetic towards others. We aspire to help others through actions like volunteering, engaging in a worthy cause, or just being there to support those who need us in our communities. This helps all of us to have a sense of belonging.

That is why a group called “Solidarity Hands” is helping make a difference in Paraguay. Solidarity Hands is a collaborative initiative that engages women from Global Peace Women and Global Peace Foundation in monthly volunteer service projects that provide support to vulnerable women, families, and communities in Paraguay. Every month they gather women to host a variety of service efforts: from donations for schools and orphanages, clothing drives and fundraisers, hosting community kitchens, and family visitations, to delivering supplies like food, clothes, and household appliances.

The group is made up of about ten women volunteers who contribute their own resources and raise funds for groceries, clothes, sheets, and blankets for those in need.

Such acts of kindness remind us all that we are indeed “One Family under God.”

Global Peace Women, an affiliate of Global Peace Foundation, advocates for the essential role of women as leaders in peacebuilding around the world. A GPW representative stated, “We are motivated by people who are kind and generous to others. They embody our spirit of ‘Living for the Greater Good.’ Other ways that we recommend of showing kindness to others include checking in with our neighbors, relatives, and the less fortunate members of our communities, listening empathetically, mentoring others, and engaging in charity work.’

What are you doing to show kindness today?

The original post appears on Global Peace Foundation. Global Peace Foundation is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit organization, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding, guided by the vision of One Family under God.  GPF engages and organizes a global network of public and private-sector partners who develop community, national, and regional peacebuilding models as the foundation for ethical and cohesive societies. Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon is the founder and chairman of the Global Peace Foundation.