“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela spent sixty-seven years of his life fighting for human rights. Mandela Day is an opportunity to remember him and to carry his legacy forward.
In honour of Nelson Mandela, the founder of the EMS Foundation, Elizabeth Steyn has delighted the smallest children in the care of the Non-Government Organisation called Where Rainbows Meet with warm jackets, hoodies and shoes.
Where Rainbows Meet is situated in Muizenberg in Cape Town, South Africa. Their mission is to economically and socially empower the women, men and youth of informal settlement communities. Their activities provide the different groups of the community of Vryground with information, education and support. Their programs are designed so that the people are encouraged to take responsibility of their own lives, their families and the situation in the community.
The community is offered the opportunity of learning new skills in order to decrease unemployment, which in turn will lower drug abuse, domestic violence, child neglect and other social skills.
Founded in 2008 in the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape, almost sixty percent of this community are victims of crime. Where Rainbows Meet is empowering this community and the surrounding communities so that the members can live in dignity and security.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats it’s children” Nelson Mandela
Image Credits: Nelson Mandela and Rita Miljo at Shambala Private Game Reserve
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