Stop and Help Founder’s Message
'Why we need more kindness in 2020'
With the whole word struggling to embrace the changes imposed on us over the first half of 2020, we need to consider how kindness can play a more significant role by creating inspiration and positivity for people everywhere. We are all watching, listening and learning in so many ways at this time. But I also believe in action over words.
I have spent many years educating children in the power of just a small kind act. Kindness is not something that just happens by luck. When kindness is practiced, people’s lives are changed and communities grow together to achieve better things.
That’s why I founded the kindness exchange platform Stop and Help. We began by taking some core concepts to base our criteria for kindness on. These, we believe, are part of the blocks that create a better community. The key concepts are ‘being inclusive’, ‘showing courage’, ‘caring without limitation’, respecting everyone’, and ‘giving a voice to the voiceless’.
Each as of these as single concepts are powerful actions on their own, but blended together make a strong unbreakable force. Mix them with consideration, integrity and humanity and we have a kindness platform that creates change, making a real and lasting positive impact on the communities around us.
I know kindness alone is not the solution to all the problems we face, but it does come close to creating a positive path of principles. Pain, suffering and injustice will always be a part of life. How we respond when we see them is up to each one of us. Education and understanding of how to react is part of the solution.
I believe that while we may all aspire to many things, our inspiration should be founded in the belief that if you can be anything in this world, be kind and success will follow.
Founder, Stop and Help
WHAT WE’VE ACHIVED SINCE APRIL, 2020
families matched with kindness
AED valued kindness action
meals on tables
KINDNESS COMES IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.
This kindness exchange is a place where people can exchange kindness to help the community they live in. Stop and Help was officially launched on March 22, 2020, with one single objective: supporting families with children living in Dubai. Today, the very small Facebook page that started in March with a few kind people now has over 30,000 followers. The saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a family’ could never be truer!