Volunteers from the South African Embassy honored the legacy of Nelson Mandela on Friday, July 17th by offering their time and talents to homeless and disconnected youth at Covenant House Washington. The volunteers participated in a 3-part service day project, which included an outdoor community clean up, construction of a food pantry, and informational presentation to Covenant House youth about Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.
The volunteer event kicked off the global day of service for Nelson Mandela International Day, which is celebrated every year on Mandela’s birthday-July 18th- and encourages individuals across the globe to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others. For 67 years 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.
The United Nations officially declared July 18th as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognizing Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.
For more information about Nelson Mandela Day, please visit the UN’s website at: http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/
For more information about Covenant House Washington, please visit our website at:http://www.covenanthousedc.org/