“What counts in life is not the mere fact 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.” —Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela turns 95 years old today.
In honor of his birthday and the legacy of his life, Nelson Mandela International Day calls us to take responsibility for making the world a better place.
Mandela was jailed for 27 years under minority white rule in apartheid South Africa. His fearless tactic of peaceful reconciliation was essential in the difficult transition from apartheid to democracy. In 1994, he became president in an all-race election, and continued to pursue peace for his community, country, and the world.
Mandela gave more than 67 years of his life to the struggle of social justice—eloquently demanding justice while simultaneously inspiring reconciliation rather than revenge.
Based on the belief that everyone, everywhere, holds the power to create a better world, Mandela Day encourages us to devote just 67 minutes of our day to change the world.
Mandela said, "It is in your hands to make a difference." How can you give 67 minutes of your time today to make a difference? If you’d like an idea, we can help—click here to put lifesaving medical supplies directly in the hands of Iraqi doctors, or here to create your own fundraiser to provide Iraqi children with lifesaving heart surgeries.
Together, we can remake the world—will you join us today?