Wellbeing through serving others
Spreading the essence of wellness to those who need it with a focus on community, environmental preservation and self-sustainability.
Orikhu’s Protect + Preserve + Serve Causes
Orikhu identifies projects in the areas of operation and drive creative strategies to give back to society and help humans, animals and the planet to survive with more dignity.
Orikhu offers specialised advice and services to individuals who are looking for strategic guidance and planning in the giving of their wealth. While spontaneous and ad hoc charity is important, we believe that a more structured approach is necessary to create sustainable long-term change in Africa to have a real social impact.
Orikhu’s giving back philosophy is based on having a more tightly grasp on impact, an integral theory of change, and impact measurement that informs how and where to donate.
A portion of Orikhu’s own profits are set aside for these operations and projects.
Why you should contribute to society, wildlife and the planet.
It creates feelings of gratitude. Feelings of compassion, humanity and a sense of appreciation awakens when you give to people and animals who are less fortunate.
Many people who give back to society have been inspired by someone in their community or environment who had done so. The spirit of giving begins with you.
Giving encourages dialogue between people, communities and nations in ways that people would not ordinarily have experienced before. When people choose to give, they unite from different sectors and communities in the name of a common cause. This is a key contributing factor in strengthening communities and nation-building.
It helps to alleviates poverty, struggling and suffering. Even if a long-term, sustainable solution is being worked on (philanthropy), people still have immediate needs (charity) – food, clothes and access to basic sanitation.
This can be achieved in a number of different ways. You can donate to a cause, become a volunteer or be involved in corporate giving.
If you know that you need to share your resources with somebody, it immediately makes you conscious about what it is that you have. Besides gratitude, you are suddenly aware of the value of things, like a bucket of water or a plate of warm home-cooked food. Once the value of those resources become abundant, so too does the realisation that those resources do not come easily for many.
Once you make the conscious effort to give you have greater emotional awareness and this helps to become emotionally intelligent.
Helps to provide people with the building blocks for their future development. Through a sequence of events, you help influence whether they will be able to study or have the means to get an education.
You will grow as a person. When you are engaged in philanthropic and humanitarian activities you somehow can’t help but be touched. Your emotional awareness increases, your care and consideration for others are awakened, and you are exposed to new and different opportunities to grow.
On a physical level, you are bound to experience an increase in levels of wellbeing. Givers on a whole, experience a boost in morale, increased feelings of happiness, greater purpose in life and naturally lower stress levels.
Deep down inside, we all want to feel that we’ve contributed to something that we added some value and had some kind of meaning and purpose in our lives.
Giving to others or helping wildlife survive, help make you feel that you’ve made a difference and helped to alleviate a crisis.
As the Orikhu Centre of Wellbeing goals of promoting wellbeing in all living things – all causes help participants work on their personal wellbeing areas of environment, emotional social, spirit:…
Environmental (Protect, preserve and serve) wellbeing – making positive choices which will contribute to sustaining or improving the quality of life in the universe. This dimension includes responsible choices regarding the use of air, water, land and energy so that future generations of each species may survive and thrive. It is recognising your own responsibility to help promote an environment conducive to all life – making you feel more worthy and knowing your efforts are making an impact.
Emotional (Forming well-balanced interactions) – Being part of an Orikhu cause assists in the process of accepting your value, and worth to something or someone and the world. It helps you to form a better concept of who you are as a person and how you develop and balance your emotions as you will feel more joy and happiness.
Spiritually (Making sense of life and why you are here) – you’ll discover more meaning and purpose in life, and demonstrate ethical and morally good values through these behaviours. Spiritual wellness includes acceptance of the concepts of wholeness, unity, diversity, individual uniqueness, and the need for community as well as personal responsibility to oneself and that community.
Social wellbeing is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in your world, meaning people aligned with your values and ethics, and by participating with others in cause projects, you strengthen relationships, and help build future generations. Causes encourage contributing to the welfare of your community.
What is a cause exactly?
A cause in the context of Orikhu’s philosophy, refers to any philanthropic endeavour, a community outreach program or charity donation project, social responsibility effort, socio-economic development, or any conservation effort or environmental initiative – all of which to effect change in in trying to effect or preserve all living things’ wellbeing.
Greek playwright Aeschylus coined the term philanthropy in the 5th century BCE. It meant “love of humanity.”
Today, philanthropy means generosity in all its forms and is often defined as giving gifts of ‘time, talent and treasure’ to help make life better for other people.
It is different than charity (merely giving), which focuses on eliminating the suffering caused by social problems, while philanthropy focuses on the elimination of these problems (teach the to grow crops), including efforts that may be too unpopular or controversial to gain the widespread support of the general public or the government.
Wealthy individuals sometimes establish foundations to facilitate their philanthropic efforts.
Social responsibility means that individuals and companies have a duty to act in the best interests of their environments and society as a whole. A business’s relationship to its society and environment is a critical factor in operating efficiently and effectively.
Social responsibility, as it applies to business, is known as corporate social responsibility (CSR). Many companies, such as those with green policies, have made social responsibility an integral part of their business models.
Additionally, some investors use a company’s social responsibility, or lack thereof, as investment criteria. As such, a dedication to social responsibility can actually turn into profits, as the idea inspires investors to invest, and consumers to purchase goods and services from the company. Put simply, social responsibility helps companies develop good reputations.
The key ways a company embraces social responsibility includes philanthropy, promoting volunteering and environmental changes. Companies managing their environmental impact might look to reduce their carbon footprint and limit waste.
There’s also the social responsibility of ethical practices for employees, which can mean offering a fair wage, which arises when there are limited employee protection laws.
Socio Economic Development (SED)
Socio-economic development is the process of developing the social and economic status in a society. Socio-economic development is measured with indicators, such as GDP, life expectancy, literacy and levels of employment.
Changes in less-tangible factors are also considered, such as personal dignity, freedom of association, personal safety and freedom from fear of physical harm, and the extent of participation in civil society.
Social development is about putting people at the centre of development. This means a commitment that development processes need to benefit people, particularly but not only the poor, but also a recognition that people, and the way they interact in groups and society, and the norms that facilitates such interaction, shape development processes.
While the role of formal institutions and policies has become central to the development debate, the role of informal social institutions has received less attention.
Debates on growth and poverty reduction have paid relatively little attention to the impact of, for example, norms of cooperation in villages and neighbourhoods, community oversight in the management of projects, or non-discrimination against women and minorities in education and health.
Conservation is all about the usage, improvement, and protection of human, animal and natural resources in a wise manner, ensuring derivation of their highest economic and social benefits on a continuing or long-term basis.
Conservation is achieved through alternative technologies, recycling, and reduction in waste and spoilage, and (unlike preservation) implies consumption of the conserved resources.
Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting animal species and their habitats. It is achieved partially through legislation such as the Endangered Species Act, the establishment and protection of public lands, and responsible public practices that conserve wild animal populations.
In order to survive, a species requires adequate food, water, shelter, space, and opportunities to reproduce. Habitat destruction is a primary threat to the continued survival of species. Without the existence of suitable habitat, a species will eventually face extinction.
The introduction of invasive species from far away continents introduced by humans can wreak havoc on native plant and animal species.
- The proliferation of chemicals in the environment including pesticides, PCBs, and oil spills, has the potential to poison wild animals and inhibit their reproductive capacities.
- Wild animal populations are threatened by poaching, wildlife trafficking, and military weapons testing.
The continued depletion of natural resources has led corporations that have large energy requirements to become more environmentally aware than ever. This is because not only do green initiatives save on costs, reuse resources and meet compliance requirements, but they also help to create brand recognition among customers.
Environmental issues are addressed by interdisciplinary programs of academics, researchers, and outreach whose overall mission is to advance humanity’s understanding and awareness of its role in and interaction with natural environment through research, teaching, and outreach.
More companies are shifting priorities by using business intelligence to not only save on costs but to also become environmentally aware and eco-friendly.
Companies that are seen as being environmentally sensitive tend to create a vision of care. This provides the benefit of perceptions and practicality with the broader effects going beyond the organisation.
However, the ability to save money by lowering the use of energy and power is more important. Besides lowering the consumption of energy, the technology adoption organisations also invest in R&D efforts and support social action initiatives that are geared towards environmentally friendly products and internal processes. This has broader effects on the environment at large
Orikhu does not answer to the government or to the public, so are able to freely choose the people and projects to receive support.
These causes allow rural people to brings money into their communities who otherwise would have very little to keep body and soul together. It’s therefore incredibly rewarding when we see the look of happiness on faces when we support.
The same flow of added value to each one along the cause supply chain, is fully translated in feelings of wellbeing, harmony and peace.