Many would agree that the act of service comes from a place of love. It is selflessness and a sense of duty to others that inspires us to give. What better time to show our humanity than the month of love, February, which is also synonymous with sharing feelings of love, warmth and tenderness?
At the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund), this has been an opportune time to kickstart our campaign #ServeLikeMandela, a call to all of us to give of ourselves and show love to those who need it most. This is through our various programmes, namely Child Survival and Development, Child Safety and Protection, Youth Leadership Programme, Sustainable Livelihoods Programme and our flagship project, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
As we all know, Mandela was deeply passionate about our children and youth. He once said, “There is no keener revelation of a society’s soul, than the way in which it treats its children.”
This February, we’re asking you to share Mandela’s love for children and join us on our mission to improve the lives of children.
How Our Programmes are Leading the Way
This quarter, our programmes are focusing on key themes pertaining to serving the greater good for young people in our country. These programmes fall under our five-year strategy:
Child Survival, Development and Thriving – First 1000 days of life
Child Survival, Development and Thriving has partnered up with The Centre for Community Justice and Development (CCJD) to launch a joint programme in Pietermaritzburg. The programme aims to implement a food and nutrition security project focused on child survival and development. The goal is to strengthen the care system for the child’s first 1000 days of life.
Child Safety and Protection
Child Safety and Protection (CSP) is ensuring safety for children at all times. The CSP therefore supports the work of grassroots organisations working to protect children in vulnerable contexts. This is done through workshops and supporting children and their families to understand and know how to make the law work for them when they may be unsafe or violated.
Youth Leadership Programme
The YLP #ServesLikeMandela by amplifying platforms for youth to engage with issues they care about and lead change for themselves and communities. One of our activities this February includes a group coaching session with youth to empower them with skills in their areas of engagement.
Sustainable Livelihoods Project
Sustainable Livelihoods Project (SLP) is about empowering the youth, their families and communities to becomes self-sustaining individuals and groups. Reducing vulnerability to different kinds of things such as health risks, mental stress, and behavioural risks for income.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
This state-of-the-art facility based in Parktown, Johannesburg continues to save the lives of vulnerable children dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Every child who is appropriately referred to this facility is never turned away due to an inability to pay.
Ways you can #ServeLikeMandela Here’s how you can support our work and spread love this February:
Twin sisters Aimeé Serrão and Candace Bosch are passionate about the youth, their country, and bringing a smile to children's faces. Through a proudly South African children’s book called “Paintbrush’s Colour”, Aimeé and Candace hope to spread positivity while educating the youth in a fun and inspiring way.
“Paintbrush's Colour" has educational questions at the end of the book where children can learn the Big 5, the five national symbols and more!
The stories behind the planning for, fundraising and building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital are inspiring, personal, and sometimes heart-breaking. It was a long and arduous journey, beset with difficulties, but the dedicated team’s commitment and courage prevailed to create a living legacy that will truly impact the lives of children for generations to come.
A percentage of the proceeds go to our Child Safety and Protection programme!
The NMCF and Sufi the Squirrel in collaboration with Psychmatters would LOVE every Child to have a book in their hand!
Everyone loves a good gift and The #NMCH gift shop has the coolest presents for your loved ones, including lunch bags, hoodies and jewelry.
By buying a gift from the #NMCH gift shop, you are contributing to donations that goes towards our children’s treatments.
Help us ensure that the legacy of our founder, Nelson R. Mandela, is secured in perpetuity, by donating to his vision of Changing the Way Society Treats Its Children and Youth.
Becoming a monthly donor allows us to contribute towards our beneficiaries country-wide.
Click here to sign up!
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