In January, Al Jazeera journalists went to a small town in the Philippines, where an elderly man had taken his family to live for six years.
His house had been vandalised, and his family was homeless.
But the man, who was a retired teacher, was determined to stay in the area, so he went to work.
“We could talk, but we had to stay away from each other,” he told Al Jazeera.
After a few days, the man’s wife returned home and told him: “I don’t have any money, so I have to go back to work”.
But the elderly man, a retired professor, had a different plan.
We just sat down and had a discussion about what to do next,” the man said. “
I went back, and there were no grandchildren left in the house.
We just sat down and had a discussion about what to do next,” the man said.
“I asked him: ‘Can I give it back?’
And he said: OK, but don’t give it in the street.
I don’t want it in public.
So I gave it back, to him, and we went back to the street and gave it to his grandchildren.
It was an act of generosity.”
The gesture sparked a new discussion about the importance of giving back to society.
The elderly man said: “This is an act that was done for the benefit of my family, because my grandchildren had been in a bad situation.”
The elderly scholar was surprised by the gesture.
“You could say I am very lucky, because I did not see my grandchildren in that situation,” he said.
But in the beginning, the elderly scholar said he did not consider himself a charity worker, and he did his best to avoid interacting with others who had similar needs.
“Sometimes I was a little bit afraid of the others, because sometimes I think they would hurt my feelings,” he explained.
“But I always did my best to help them.”
Al Jazeera’s Rania Yacoub said the elderly scholars’ act of giving was a way to help others, and not only by helping them.
“The act of kindness is not only a human right, it is also a human duty,” she said.
In a recent report, the UN Human Rights Council recommended the need for greater protection for charities, such as charities that provide social services, as well as for charities that receive government funding.
But, Aloha, the report notes that the majority of charities are run by men, and women are underrepresented in the top ranks of the organisations.