Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Côte d’Ivoire to support Mandela Day 2011

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The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Côte d’Ivoire, in partnership with MTN-CI, Unicef and in collaboration with Coca-Cola, VIT’IMPRIM International, the mayor of Abobo, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, embassies and international organisations will be joining the world in celebrating Nelson Mandela Day on July 18, 2011 under the theme for this year, “Change – Become a Change Maker”.   During the occasion, the embassy will engage different stakeholders in helping the needy communities who have been affected by the crisis in Abidjan to realise their goals.

Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just as Nelson Mandela did.

Mr Mandela spent more than 67 years serving his community, his country, and the world at large. On Nelson Mandela Day people are called to devote just 67 minutes of their time to changing the world for the better, in a small gesture of solidarity with humanity, and in a small step towards a continuous, global movement for good.

In order to make a maximum impact on that day, the Embassy of South Africa and other volunteers identified a community health centre in Abobo, Avocatier Village, called “Union pour la Gestion de la Formation Sanitaire d’Abobo-Avocatier” that had been damaged and destroyed during the recent crisis and that is in need of serious rehabilitation.

  • The community health centre is exclusively managed by the board of community representatives themselves (religious and traditional leaders, youth, medical staff, etc);
  • It is also exclusively funded through donations and caters for a population of approximately 120 000 people;
  • This community health centre has been in the centre of war during the recent political crisis. It has been vandalised and medical equipment stolen.

In order to answer a call for help from the community of Abobo, and taking the above factors into consideration, the embassy has secured the sponsorship of different organisations to partner with the Mission in order to assist the population of Abobo to rehabilitate the centre in celebration of the life of a living legend, Mr Mandela.

The project is supported by the mayor of Abobo, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who have been invited to grace the day. Embassies and International organisations accredited to Abidjan have also been invited to join the Mission in the celebration on this important day.

Issued by the Mission in Abidjan

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