Written by Chantel DaCosta

Nelson Mandela Day 2017


This year Nelson Mandela Day is Tuesday 18th July 2017.

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18th July ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

The 2017 theme for Nelson Mandela Day is ‘Action Against Poverty.’

The United Nations has defined absolute poverty as: “a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services.”

The Nelson Mandela Foundation invites organisations and individuals to make the pledge to help fight against poverty and promote social justice.

Ways to Get Involved

Every day in small ways we can all contribute to alleviating poverty in our communities.

Advocate:  Lend your voice and your time to speak up and lobby for welfare assistance and support for the poor in your community.

Give: One of the established methods of alleviating and breaking cycles of generational poverty is education, assist by sponsoring a child’s education or contributing to scholarship funds.

Share: You may not have enough extra money to give away to charity groups, but sharing what you do have can go a long way. Share a meal with a family in need, help out at a shelter, donate clothes, etc.

For this year’s Nelson Mandela Day, you can share what you’ve done to assist the poor in your community, or show your appreciation for a local charity that assists the poor.

You can join the Nelson Mandela Day community on the foundation’s website, here and be sure to use #ActionAgainstPoverty to share and connect online.



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