22 July 2016
|Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Africa Country Office commemorated Mandela Day by paying Little Eden, a home for children with intellectual disabilities, a visit. (Lidia Danyluk//Refugee Jesuit Service)|
|Nelson Mandela is commemorated and celebrated through 67 minutes of community service in an effort to emulate the 67 years of service Nelson Mandela gave to society.|
Johannesburg, 22 July 2016 – Mandela Day is commemorated on the 18th of July every year, on what would have been erstwhile President Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The day is commemorated and celebrated through 67 minutes of community service in an effort to emulate the 67 years of service Nelson Mandela gave to society.
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Africa Country Office commemorated the day by paying Little Eden, a home for children with intellectual disabilities, a visit. Last year, JRS South Africa, in collaboration with members of the refugee and asylum seeker community along with a number of schools, collected tinned food and other essentials for refugees. Material goods such as food and clothing is essential for many people in need, but this year JRS South Africa brought our global mission of accompaniment to life and chose to spend time with people, tragically neglected by the rest of society.
Putting the interests of refugees and asylum seekers first, the very marginalised people JRS works with, the JRS South Africa team opted to commemorate Mandela Day on Friday the 15th July instead. Refugees do not ordinarily visit our JRS offices in Johannesburg on Friday and the day is therefore dedicated to administrative work. Thus the team took this opportunity to visit the people that need their care on the day.
Mike Nyamarebvu, Human Resources Officer for JRS South Africa, related the experience staff shared with patients of Little Eden, on the JRS radio slot on Radio Veritas. The podcast of this interview follows below:
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