The SACEM Logo with its attested message ‘Lend a Helping Hand’ probably does not receive everyone’s serious attention and thought. Nevertheless it is good to note that the words, ‘Lend a Helping Hand’ carry a wealth of meaning.
A large volume of Volunteer activities done in the world, including those that are done by SACEM, may ultimately be classified under ‘Lending a helping hand’ to our fellowmen. Whether it be the imparting of knowledge or skills or teaching habits in responsible citizenship or in hygenic living, we are primarily ‘lending a helping hand’ to people live a better life.
We do not attempt to make people change their lives to fall in line with the way we live, nor do we try to impose our values on them. We assist them in their efforts to achieve their goals. In other words we help them to help themselves. We ensure that the self respect of the people we serve is respected.
In our world today, there is an unprecedented effort to serve people in need. While this effort is laudable, it is often vitiated when the principle of ‘lending a helping hand’ is lost sight of. Very often those who come to lend a helping hand, unwittingly or not, overstep their mission, incur the displeasure of the beneficiaries of their assistance and end up causing ill-feeling all around.
So, next time you see SACEM Logo and its message, please remember that it carries a deep and profound meaning for the concept of Service.