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NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY: a day to celebrate courage, inspiration and perseverance!

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Nelson Mandela - Photo UNESCO

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated every year on the 18th of July to acknwoledge Mr Mandela contribution to the fight of Peace and Human Rights. His was a champion of equality, freedom, and one of the most inspiring leader of our century, who decicated his life serving humanity.

Nelson Mandela, a changemaker!

"I never loose. I either win or learn"Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, on 18 July 1918. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. In 1930, when he was 12 years old, his father died and the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. Hearing the elders’ stories of his ancestors’ valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. (source Nelson Mandela Foundation)

Painting Medeya Lemdiya at Carré d'Artiste

Nelson Mandela fight for human rights was examplary. He spent more than 24 years in prison standing for his beliefs. When he finally got out of prison, instead of hate, he chose to promote PEACE and forgiveness.

Nelson Mandela and UNESCO

A UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and 1991 Laureate of the Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela’s legacy resonates with the mission of UNESCO to empower all women and men on the basis of their equal rights and dignity, to promote dialogue and solidarity for justice and lasting peace. This action, this spirit has never been so important. (Source UNESCO)

Our inspiration on this Mandela Day

Role models inspire, uplift, and motivate!

How to become a changemaker?

You have the power to inspire other! Here are small steps that you can take

  • Share a story and inspire other

  • Take action against hunger: partner with other organizations and contribute to food distribution by donating essential products through your local grocery #takeactionagainstpoverty #each1feed1

  • Plant and grow fresh, organic and cost-effective produce in or for vulnerable communities

  • Plant and grow indigenous trees for the well-being of all, with an emphasis on fruit trees in support of food production for vulnerable communities

  • Invest in sustainable food production platforms to the benefit of vulnerable communities

  • Embrace home and community planting and growing as a contribution to protecting the environment and addressing the challenge of climate change

  • Join the Mandela Day Global Network and make everyday Mandela Day.

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