Nelson Mandela once said: “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” To celebrate his life and legacy, the United Nations named July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day, encouraging people from around the world to come together for freedom, justice and democracy.
By taking 67 minutes of your time – one minute for each year of Mandela’s public service – we can each make a difference where we live while taking part in the global movement.
Here are a few of the suggestions from the UN:
- Get to know someone from a different cultural background.
- Read to someone who can’t.
- Buy a blanket or take one you no longer need and donate it to someone in need.
- Purchase school supplies for children who can’t afford them.
- Help clean any trash from a local park.
- Deliver a computer literacy workshop to someone or a group who might not know how to use one.
- Walk someone through preparing their resume and help them with their interview skills.
- Prepare a meal for someone.
What will you do to commemorate Mandela Day?