Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually across the globe on 18 July to honour the incredible and inspiring legacy of the late Nelson Mandela. Launched on Mandela’s birthday through a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2009, the day calls for individuals around the world to dedicate 67 minutes in creating a positive impact in the world.
In light of the commemoration, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with four schools in Windhoek for a month-long campaign against hunger through a canned food drive initiative. The project benefitted four local soup kitchens providing food and education to underprivileged children – one of the most vulnerable populations in Namibia.
On Tuesday, 18 July the UNIC team alongside St. George’s Diocesan School set out to make a positive difference at the Tilovayeni Care Foundation, a soup kitchen that caters for underprivileged children in Katutura.The team and the St. George’s Student Representative Council (SRC’s) arrived in the afternoon at the community soup kitchen that is situated in the quaint suburb of Greenwell Matongo, and engaged with the children who are beneficiaries of the Foundation’s activities. The team aimed to disseminate educational discourse about Nelson Mandela and his values through a short presentation and games.
The interactive presentation was delivered on the fundamental concepts of the United Nations, Nelson Mandela and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), with each topic accompanied by a short video. The main focus was not only to inform the youth in the community about the importance of activism but to inspire and leave them with a durable sentiment that creating change in the world is still possible, and that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves.Continue reading →
Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of uplifting others, addressing critical social issues and most importantly sharing a memory in the promotion of justice and social cohesion.
On 13 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with Windhoek High School (WHS) to host the second Nelson Mandela Day Canned Food Drive. The project is part of a greater effort to assist local soup kitchens with food supplies in commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. Over 650 canned food items were collected from the event and donated to the Okuryangava Feeding Centre, a local soup kitchen in Katutura.
Four high schools in Windhoek pledged their commitment to alleviate hunger in vulnerable communities—a core tenet of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative has seen tremendous success in solidifying partnerships and assisting soup kitchens, thus easing the burden of soup kitchens and aiding them to focus on servicing members of their respective communities.
At the handover ceremony Windhoek High School students, and the UNIC team highlighted the meaning behind the upcoming day that commemorates Nelson Mandela’s exceptional dedication to community service. The Day was established on 18 July 2009 through a United Nations resolution to commemorate the tireless activism of Nelson Mandela. Its foremost principle is to dedicate 67 minutes to community involvement, assisting those in need of support. The UNIC team has made it a priority to see his legacy continued and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) has consistently implemented in the design process of community outreach initiatives. While the canned food drive project strikes at the heart of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it particularly emphasizes the second goal, “Zero Hunger”, which is geared towards the elimination of world hunger and malnutrition, as well as supporting sustainable food systems. Part of Mandela’s legacy was advocating for the eradication of global hunger and with the SDG’s now permeating UN initiativesat international and local levels, canned food drives are very much a part of his legacy and the modern strides toward development that the SDG’s aim to achieve.Continue reading →
On 20 June 2017, UNIC Windhoek in partnership with Windhoek International School (WIS) launched the Nelson Mandela Day: canned food drive for 2017. Windhoek International School collected over 500 cans of tinned food which was handed over to the Kids’ Soup Kitchen (a soup kitchen in Katutura) at a launch ceremony held at WIS.
The launch formed part of the first of four collaborative drives with schools in Windhoek. The campaign is in celebration of Nelson Mandela international day, a day that calls for individuals and organisations to dedicate their time in service of others. UNIC Windhoek partnered with Windhoek International School to serve others by championing a canned food drive to support a soup kitchen in Katutura and moreover contribute toward Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, “Zero Hunger.” Soup kitchens serve underprivileged children of the community by providing them with meals and educational assistance.
Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on 18 July around the world. Established by a United Nations General Assembly resolution in November 2009, the day commemorates the achievements of Nelson Mandela, who tirelessly worked towards conflict resolution, peace, human rights, democracy and reconciliation. Individuals around the world are encouraged to dedicate 67 minutes – each minute representing a year of Nelson Mandela’s public service – to an activity that aims to help others.
The handover ceremony took place at Windhoek International School. Mr. Samuel Kapepo, the founder of the Kids’ Soup Kitchen, graciously accepted the generous donation from Mr. Peter MacKenzie, the director of Windhoek International School in the presence of the staff and students of the school as well as the the UNIC Windhoek team.
Speaking at the event, Mr. MacKenzie said, “Windhoek International School is one of the more privileged and fortunate schools, therefore we are happy to give back to the community. We are hopeful to start a partnership with the community and partake in more of these activities.” Continue reading →
In light of Nelson Mandela International Day, commemorated each year of 18 July, on Thursday 21 July 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honored Nelson Mandela’s dedication to peace by partnering with Combat Club, a local Muay Thai club, and educating learners at Jakob Marengo Tutorial College about self-defense.
On Nelson Mandela International Day, individuals around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – to helping others and jointly stepping towards a global movement for good. Because of the high prevalence of violence against women and gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia, UNIC Windhoek used its #Time2Serve to educate young girls about self-defense in order to provide them with the agency to protect themselves when faced with danger. Throughout the outreach, there was a large emphasis on the fact that violence should be the last resort in a situation of danger.
The event was officiated by the Namibian Ophthalmologist Dr. Helena Ndume, who encouraged girls to help the country find solutions to end violence against women and girls and to protect human rights. Dr. Ndume was the first woman to receive the UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, which honors the outstanding achievements of people who have dedicated their lives to the service to humanity. Dr. Ndume’s lifelong work has encompassed the treatment of blindness and eye-related illnesses, both in Namibia and throughout the developing world. To date, Dr. Ndume has helped over 30,000 Namibians receive eye surgery at no-cost as well as implant intraocular lens to address blindness, cataracts and myopia in many patients. Continue reading →