“What are you on about?” is probably what many of you are thinking as you read this. What is this 67 minutes and what does it have to do with Nelson Mandela and why is there a Nelson Mandela Day? What exactly does it have to do with me?
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”
The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising 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”.
By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.
So how do you volunteer your time to make a difference and add to the 67 minute campaign at the same time? How do you do something that will change not only your life but the lives of others? How do you learn to give and receive so much more in return for it?
By volunteering with Edge of Africa it’s as easy as eating apple pie. Once you get into it you will never forget it. Kind of like learning to ride a bicycle (without the training wheels).
“The extent of lending your hand to helping others is a direct reflection to the character of your soul”
Who would think that a simple act of handing out soup would bring so much joy to the faces of those who are on the receiving end of it. One of our volunteers Julia, found this to be a truly touching encounter, as she partook in one of the community programs, Ipana Banye (Feed The Masses), as part of her volunteering program.
It’s a one-of-a-kind humbling moment when you see how many people (adults and children) stand in line.
To hear what volunteering in Africa has been like for Julia follow her blog on the link below.
With Ipana Banye, not only will you find a certain joy in what you are doing but you will also receive help from locals with keeping the line in order.
A few members of the community will definitely ask you for the recipe for the soup as they enjoy their share of goodness while watching a friendly game of soccer.
And to top it all off… The everlasting images of the smiling faces of the little girls and boys (well those who are not too camera-shy), who huddle together in unity.
So how do you get yourself from where you are right now all the way over here? You might think it’s impossible?? It’s not as difficult as you might think.
All you have to do is visit our website to find out more about our programs and how you can join our family to start your new adventure in Africa!
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