On the 18th July, the world celebrated International Nelson Mandela Day. This year the day took a new meaning as the battle now also includes an invisible enemy, COVID-19 and all its other side effects.
In 2020, the essence of Mandela Day – take action, inspire change, and make every day a Mandela Day – is more important than ever before.
Communities across the world are affected by Covid-19, which has affected economies, causing new social and economic challenges and exacerbating old ones. But, there is hope. On a scale never seen before, individuals, donors, foundations, institutions, civil society organisations and corporate partners are finding ways to help those in need of support.
When the National State of Disaster was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the protection of children against Covid-19 became a priority and we continue to advocate for this.
SOS Children’s Villages South Africa is committed to taking all possible steps to protecting children. Part of this has included limiting non-essential visits to the Programmes. While Mandela Month is about acts of service, this limitation of visits means volunteering and services at our Programmes has become very difficult.