Thankful Thursdays: Mandela Day

It was Mandela’s birthday on Monday 18th July… As a country, we are incredibly proud to have him as our own. What one single man has done for a nation is quite unbelievable, humbling and inspiring.

His birthday has been named: Mandela Day and the objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.

94.7 Highveld Stereo decided to turn it into Mandela Week by doing something with different charities the whole week long.

Yesterday I went to the Berea – Hillbrow Home of Hope. It is a NPO organization that works to help commercially and sexually exploited children, victims of human trafficking, orphans, child-headed families and those who may be infected or affected by HIV / AIDS or TB so that they are able to take control of their lives and be integrated back into society.

“When a young Girl enters Home of Hope, she joins a family. Mam’ Khanyi, as she is affectionately and respectfully known, is their Mother while they live here. The foundation of Home of Hope is love, family and mutual respect.”

There are currently 26 young girls staying there ranging from the ages of 11 -17.

We went to the home to help cook for them and help them with their homework.

It’s always humbling and eye opening… I can’t even begin to imagine what these young girls have been though. I honestly don’t think I can wrap my head around it at all, but to see the smiles and the love and the effort to make a better life is awe inspiring.

One of the bedrooms for the girls … Each bed has books, a bible and teddy bears on them

Angela Visagie and I chopping peppers and tomatoes respectively

Angela, the House Mother and I

Pabi Moloi broadcast live from the Home

The incredible ladies who help these young girls
The incredible ladies who help these young girls

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