‘It’s a cry for help’ this Mandela Day as NGOs seek help to tackle SA’s hunger crisis
“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way,” said Nelson Mandela.Author : Divyanshi Soni
Every year world celebrates the birthday of Nelson Mandela as Nelson Mandela Day or Mandela Day. This year world would celebrate 103 birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South-African anti-apartheid revolutionary, statesman, and philanthropist who has served as the first President of South Africa. He was in office from 10th May 1994 to 16th June 1999.
Mandela Day is all about making a difference in your communities as everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better! Mandela Day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change.
Mandela has given 67 years of his life to serving humanity.
Nelson Mandela has devoted his life to providing the service of humanity. He was a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first President of free South Africa (democratically elected).
He started raising his voice against injustice and discrimination in the year 1952 with launch the “Defiance” Campaign. This campaign was a massive civil disobedience campaign against unjust laws. Mandela was elected as National Volunteer-in-Chief for the campaign.
Now, because of Covid-19 Mandela’s nation is suffering from food insecurity and now the concern is increasing. On Mandela Day, non-profit organizations are raising funds to resolve this hunger crisis. These NGOs would also help those who are facing the immediate loss of income, the elderly and vulnerable, and marginalized rural areas.
Non-profit, Mandela Foundation was declared in the year 2009 and since its declaration; Mandela Day is celebrated by taking action to inspire change across various focus areas.
The Mandela Foundation is based on the following goals, which they expect to complete by 2029.
1. Food and nutrition:
- Reducing hunger in families and eliminating malnutrition and stunning in young children.
2. Education and literacy:
- Providing provision of quality education to every child and access to learning resources for development.
- Eliminate homeless by providing safe shelter to families to live.
- Ensure sanitation in every school and enable access to safe sanitation in all communities.
5. Active citizenship:
- Encourage the public to participate and raise their voice to eradicate poverty and inequality and to dedicate more resources to support poverty-reduction projects.
Mandela Day 2021: Theme
This year's theme of Mandela Day is – “One Hand Can Feed Another.” The theme prioritizes action against hunger and the continuing fight against poverty.