Nelson Mandela International Day shines a light every year on the legacy of a man whose monumental achievements changed the 20th century and shaped the 21st. His values and determination — a deep commitment to human rights, freedom, and justice — are reflected on, and are a source of inspiration for others.
“It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.” - Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. In honor of his 67 years of public service, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the U.N. ask that you spend 67 minutes of your time helping others.
Mandela advocated for the rightful dignity and equality of every living person, and encouraged engagement and solidarity across all borders. In times of turbulence, Mandela’s legacy teaches everyone to choose dignity over humiliation, speak up during injustice, and forgive rather than hate. Nelson Mandela made a call for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustice when he said that “it is in your hands now”.
For this year the highlight will be the plight of food security and climate change with the tag-line, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
LET'S FIGHT TO SAVE THE HUMANITY
VAKOVAKO will soon fight to save the humanity. 100 % of all donations given via our app to „HUMANITY“ area will by transfered to related NGOs. Let’s help them expand their activities together.