The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Anna Owusu, March 20, 2013

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“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” —H. Jackson Browne, Jr

nKoso truly began on a small scale with my husband and I sharing our experience in Ghana and asking if any of our friends and family would be interested in helping with the tuition of a child. We were overwhelmed with the response. We easily raised enough money for five students and still had people asking us if we were still accepting donations. We were receiving more money than we had students, but were able to identify a few others in need. I had to wonder what was behind such a powerful response from our friends and family. They didn't have a personal connection with these young children or the community or even the country. Some of them were even thanking us for creating the opportunity for them to contribute.

I knew that it felt good to me when we were able to send money to the schools on behalf of these students. And it hit me one day that the response for these students was so powerful because it felt good to our friends and family too. There’s something gratifying about making a difference or doing something kind for someone else. Science is now studying the effects of giving on our experience of being happy. An article in the NY Times titled "Don’t Indulge. Be Happy" written by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton (authors of Happy Money: The Science of Spending), shares a study demonstrating that people who give to others experience happiness more often.

nKoso understands that assisting in tuition assistance for a young student and their family is not only a gift for the family, but for the donor as well. Working on and developing nKoso has created happiness for us and we only hope to share this experience with you.

“I just think that giving a child a chance and sharing what you have with a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, as well as a child.”—Hillary Clinton