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67 Habitat houses for Mandela Day

To honor the late Nelson Mandela, Habitat for Humanity South Africa, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, works to construct 67 houses in Pelican Park. The project started on July 14, 2014. It concluded on July 18, Nelson Mandela Day, and is the largest integrated development project in the Western Cape. 

 “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” This year, let the words of Nelson Mandela motivate you to participate in Mandela Day and encourage others to take action as well, by volunteering on a build, sharing information with others, and/or advocating for adequate, affordable, and safe housing for people all around the world. 

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing Nelson Mandela International Day. Mandela Day, hosted annually on Mr. Mandela’s birthday on July 18, is a day of humanitarian action in celebration of the late Mr. Mandela’s life and legacy, intended to inspire international cooperation, and serve as a catalyst for every individual to improve their community through action.

The Mandela Day campaign seeks recognition that every person has both the ability and responsibility to impact positive change each day.  According to the Mandela Day website, its “objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so, to build a global movement for good.”

This July 18, individuals everywhere are being asked to take responsibility for changing the world to a better place by devoting 67 minutes to community service, in honor of the 67 years of world changing service by Nelson Mandela.  Habitat for Humanity South Africa is building 67 houses for this day.