The French Embassy celebrates Mandela Day 2015 in Pretoria [fr]
For the third year in a row, the Ambassador and the Embassy staff spent Mandela Day at Child Welfare Tshwane in Pretoria.
On Friday 17 July, HE Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa, and the Embassy staff spent Mandela Day at Child Welfare Tshwane’s Risk Assessment and Drop-In Center in Sunnyside (Pretoria).
Mandela Day is celebrated every year on 18 July, the day Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. As a way to mark the 67 years of his life he devoted to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa – the Nelson Mandela Foundation calls everyone to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom in the world.
Child Welfare Tshwane’s Drop-In Center in Sunnyside caters for pre-school and school children from the neighbourhood. Many of them are immigrants and refugees from French-speaking African countries.
The Ambassador and 18 Embassy staff members painted the waiting room of Child Welfare Tshwane’s Risk Assessment center in Sunnyside, took care of the garden in front of the center and donated food, clothes and toys. About 15 pre-school children who are being cared for by Child Welfare Tshwane’s Sunnyside center enjoyed Mandela Day with the Embassy staff – they assisted in taking care of the garden and in painting and decorating the waiting room.