On Saturday the 18th, the world will be celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day. This year the day takes a whole new meaning as the battle now also includes an invisible enemy, COVID-19 and all its other side effects. In 2020, the essence of Mandela Day – take action, inspire change, and make every day a Mandela Day – is more important than ever before.
The alarming spread of the COVID-19 virus has led SOS Children’s Villages South Africa to take steps to ensure the health and safety of all children and young people in our 11 programmes across the country as well as our staff. SOS Children’s Villages SA is committed to adhering to the strict measures put in place by the South African government.
When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the National State of Disaster, the protection of children against COVID-19 also became a priority. SOS Children’s Villages South Africa is committed to taking all possible steps to protecting children and part of this includes stopping non-essential visitors to the Programmes. As a precaution, children and staff in our programmes are staying within the Children’s Village as far as possible, and visits from people outside the village are now restricted.
This Mandela Day, even though we are not able to welcome visitors at our villages because of COVID-19, SOS Children’s Villages across the country have wish lists, lists of items and services that are needed in order to continue to provide a warm and loving home for all the children. In this manner, the global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact is still achieved.
To access the wish list, simply click here
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