Nairobi celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day

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Thursday marks Nelson Mandela International Day and special celebrations will be held at Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya.

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the Nelson Mandela Foundation devotes 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

For 67 years 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.

Marking the fourth celebration of the event with the life changing motto “Take action, inspire change, and make everyday a Mandela Day,” the South African High Commission to Kenya has proposed a mission to celebrate this day with the visually and hearing impaired children of Nairobi’s Kilimani neighbourhood, whom are mostly (approximately 90%) living in the slums of Kibera and Kawangware.

In hopes of inspiring communities to come together, Thursday’s celebrations at Kilimani Primary School will echo one of Mandela’s ideals: “Literacy, Food security and Shelter. ” The Kilimani Foundation will also be hosting a community support event on the 29th of July.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 18 July in November 2009 to be Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

 

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