In line with the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and as part of the International Nelson Mandela Day activities on 18 July, the South African Embassy in the State of Kuwait calls on Kuwaitis and foreign nationals to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and to follow in his footsteps by dedicating at least 67 minutes by doing good to others.
18 July was declared in 2009 by the United Nations as the Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the promotion of peace, democracy, freedom and reconciliation. The day is observed to honour his legacy and values through volunteering and community service.
The 2014 Nelson Mandela Day key themes are “Education and Literacy”, “Shelter and Food Security” and “Participation through Volunteerism”. In line with the theme, people in Kuwait are encouraged to participate in the 67-minutes initiative. The Embassy will be engaging in charity activities, interacting and providing support to people with disabilities.
During Mandela Day, all that is required from individuals and organizations is an action that helps change the lives of people for the better. To ensure that our actions have lasting benefits, they should always strive to leave behind not only physical changes but also a sense of empowerment, helping to build pride among individuals and disadvantaged communities so that they can take charge of their destinies and change their circumstances. These positive and cumulative actions of people, even if it is one small step at a time, can establish a transformative momentum, especially during Ramadan, which is a time for individual reflection also dedicated to peace and harmony in the world.
Many people and organizations around the world take part in voluntary activities to promote Nelson Mandela Day. These activities hope to inspire people to embrace the values that Mandela shared and to encourage people everywhere to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them.
Nelson Mandela made an imprint on the world for more than sixty seven years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. He was also incarcerated for twenty seven years for fighting for the freedom of his people. His life has since been an inspiration to the world. He said at the time of the launch of the Nelson Mandela Day that he would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation.
In return for everything Mandela has taught us, we feel inspired to support his work and legacy by doing and living our own as best we can, not just on this day, but throughout our entire lives.