IOM Kenya joined the rest of the world in honoring former South African leader and renowned global peace icon, Nelson Mandela during his 95th birthday on 18 July 2013 by participating in various charitable activities in Nairobi’s Kilimani Primary School.
This year marks the fourth celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day under the theme, “Take action, inspire change, and make everyday a Mandela Day.”
IOM presented by the Public Information Unit joined various organizations such as Heritage Insurance, Old Mutual, Global Peace Festival; pay T.V station, Zuku among others by committing 67 minutes of work at the school. The day was marked by various activities including planting of fruit trees, collection of litter and repainting the classrooms. IOM donated 37 story books towards the new school library under construction and also planted several fruit trees around the school compound.
Kilimani Primary School caters for more than 1,100 students, 95% of which are from low income communities in Kibera and Kawangware. The school is also a Special Education Centre for approximately 100 children who are visually and hearing impaired.
The "67-minutes" campaign is based on people devoting one minute of their time for every year that Mr. Mandela spent in public life to deeds that improve the welfare of fellow global citizens. His birthday was designated by the United Nations as the International Mandela Day four years ago.
The UN Information Centre, in collaboration with the South African High Commission organized this year’s event. This year’s celebrations come at a time when the 95 year old ailing icon is currently hospitalized in Pretoria hospital where he is undergoing treatment for a lung infection that has left him, according to the latest update by the South African Presidency, “critical but stable.