67 minutes for Mandela is a global UN observance that aims to encourage everyone to dedicate their time to helping others as well as contributing to the unity and progression of humanity. Every year, on the 18 th of July, the world embarks on several charity projects in honour of Nelson Mandela and his great philosophies.
In celebration of this notion, UNIC Windhoek, in co-operation with Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS), held the official hand over of canned food to Havana Soup Kitchen at the DHPS Windhoek on Monday 17 July 2017. The partnership between DHPS and the UNIC Windhoek is the third of four canned food drives of the Nelson Mandela International Day tribute whereby all individuals and organisations dedicate 67 minutes of their time to an activity helping those in need.
DHPS Windhoek collected approximately 600 canned food items and generously donated to the Havana Soup Kitchen. The hard work constituted DHPS’s collective effort to uphold their 67 minutes of public service while the event paid homage to Mandela’s tireless pursuit to end hunger and empower the world’s most vulnerable and poor by way of collaboration.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Kristin Eicholz, principal of DHPS, paid homage to Nelson Mandela by reflecting on his influential and inspiring activism. Her endnote prompted emotional charge as she iterated, “It is only when poverty no longer holds people back that society as a whole will achieve social justice for all”.
The warm and wise words of Ms. Frieda Kemuiko, founder of the Havana Soup Kitchen, served as a touching conclusion to the handover ceremony. Ms. Kemuiko emphasised the spontaneous and humble nature of the donation they received. Kids from the soup kitchen expressed their gratitude in singing an age-old German nursery song that enchanted the crowd and brought excitement to the event. “I’m so grateful, I’m so thankful, for the hearts that move our little ones, it is because of love that people are driven to help the children,”, she said. She then reminded the audience that Mandela’s message was a simple one, saying “everyone has the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better”.
The Havana Soup Kitchen was founded by Ms. Frieda Kemuiko in 2011 when a professor from Germany offered her financial support to initiate it. Ms. Kemuiko mentioned that she was fortunate in finding help from the professor and that now, every year, a German exchange program sends high school students to help her for the duration of one year–making her life unbelievably easy.
UNIC Windhoek strives to have a positive impact on schools in Namibia with regards to fostering partnerships and achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda. The targets aim to raise awareness amongst adolescents on economic and social matters affecting the Namibian economy and furthermore, help implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
The canned food drive project allows learners to implement SDG 2, “Zero hunger” and SDG 17, “Partnership for the Goals”. DHPS’s contribution brings awareness to the public to encourage new relationships that invigorate communities by helping to curb hunger and eradicate malnutrition among youth in Namibia.