What can I do?

No matter how small the action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Mr Mandela did, every day.

What are you doing to make the world a better place; what are you doing to make every day a Mandela Day?

As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom and our future. 

Nelson Mandela saw himself first and foremost as a servant of South Africa’s people to whom he owed a duty and whom he led by example.

The genesis of our mandate as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and our work stems from Mandela’s passing on of the torch of public service to everyone, saying: “It’s in your hands to make a difference.”

Positive change for the better was the gift left to all of us  by Nelson Mandela – it’s a living legacy and now it's your turn.

In the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread social justice and freedom for all, this is your chance to become a part of a continuous global movement for good. 

Let us all emulate the servant leader we loved by all becoming servant leaders ourselves – Madiba changemakers.

By becoming a Mandela Day changemaker and doing something that affects positive change every day, you can show that actions speak louder than words.

“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”


By giving a little of your time to make a change that's close to your heart or by giving a little of your time to make a difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you.

There are so many ways to make a difference (like these inspirational actions).

Start with what you are passionate about and where you know your actions will have a lasting impact.

Join the Mandela Day community of changemakers

Join the community

Join the Mandela Day community and tell us how you are going to make every day a Mandela Day.

Follow Mandela Day on social media and sign up to receive the Mandela Day newsletter.

Visit the changemakers actions calendar to see how other people and organisations all over the world are serving everyday. 

Join the Mandela Day community

Spread the word

The Mandela Day campaign is a celebration of our collective power to create a global movement for good and make an imprint on the world.

You can add to the initiative’s momentum by telling as many people as possible about it.

Use your own network of family, friends, media connections, corporates and organisations to get involved and make a difference.

Don’t forget to document your Mandela Day action, and share it with us and the world to inspire action and change. 

Share your actions

Nominate changemakers

Do you know somebody who serves every day? 

Can you think of someone, or a group or organisation, who has made a positive change in your community? 

Nominate those you think deserve to be acknowledged as a Madiba changemaker.

Share their story on social media via #Time2Serve.