On Friday 17 July, the Embassy staff and their families spent the ‪‎Mandela Day of service at the Covenant House Washington and FBR  Boys and Girls Club, SE Washington, painting an art room, cleaning the neighborhood, packing lunches for the children’s fieldtrip and organizing the pantry with the donated food.  The day concluded with a presentation on the “Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela”.

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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.

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