“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Theresa
“Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Generosity is an African trait and from birth, you are taught that it is decent and godly to always share what you have with others.
Giving is believed to come with a lot of benefits as it is a virtue that no matter how little it is goes a long way to help the other person in ways you would not understand and improve their lives in ways words can never express.
However, it has become a common belief, albeit a wrong one, that giving is only possible when you have so much and a lot to spare.
The latest report carried out by the Gallup to rank the World’s Most Generous Countries has indicated otherwise as the report shows that some countries considered poor are among the most generous people in the world.
The report sampled a cross section of people from 146 countries who were questions on their inclination with regards to giving their money, time or assistance to others in need.
According to the results, 1.4 billion people donated money to charity, 1 billion people volunteered their time and 2.2 billion people helped a stranger.
Of all the charitable activities that Gallup asks about, people worldwide continued to be most likely to say they had helped a stranger or someone they didn’t know who was in need (43%). The percentage saying they had done so in the past month varied worldwide, from a high of 83% in Libya to a low of 18% in Cambodia.
Adults worldwide continued to be less likely to give their time (18%) than they were to give their money (27%) or to help a stranger in need (43%).
These results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults per country, aged 15 and older, conducted throughout 2017 in 146 countries. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error ranges from ±2.0 percentage points to ±5.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.
These are the Top 5 countries in Africa and how they fared on the ranking:
On top of the list is Kenya, which ranked 8 globally. It scored 54 on the Civic Engagement Index as used by Gallup.
Forty-five percent of Kenyans volunteered in 2017 and 72 per cent helped a stranger.
In second position is Nigeria, which scored 48 on the Civic Engagement Index and ranked 16 globally.
This West African country came in third after scoring 47 on the index and ranked 19 globally, with 80 per cent of the population having volunteered their time.
4. Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone scored 47 and 80 per cent of people having helped a stranger in the country, Sierra Leone is ranked 4th in Africa. The country ranked 20 globally.
Zambia is ranked fifth in Africa and 21st globally with a score of 46 on the Civic Engagement Index and ranked 21 globally.
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