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Mandela Day in South Africa3 min read

Mandela Day in South Africa3 min read

Since 2009, South Africa and the world have celebrated Mandela Day on July 18. The United Nations decided to celebrate the date in remembrance of the birthday of Nelson Mandela, ex-president of the country. In this day, many activities take place in order to address the urgent needs of the community. Celebrating this day has the purpose of motivating individuals and organizations to dedicate themselves to social work, and by doing so, contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the people.

In the entire country, volunteers of The Universal Church carried out projects to better the lives of the residents in the community. On a regular basis, the volunteers take faith and hope to those who need the most, providing material and spiritual help.

Social projects during the month of July in celebration of Mandela Day

In Pretória, the Women in Action (WiA) and Godllywood groups visited an orphanage called Tswane House of Hope. There they took donations of winter jackets and personal hygiene products, supplies that the children hardly have access to. In addition, together with the Youth Power Group (YPG), they performed a clean-up of the streets in the country’s capital.

Volunteers of the Women in Action group also visited four other cities: Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, and CapeTown. In each city, they visited a nursing home providing support and loving care. Volunteers offered beauty treatments and personal care services such as manicures, pedicures, and hairdressing. They also took donations of  sweaters and blankets to help keep the elderly warm during the winter.

Godllywood also visited a nursing home in the city of Bloemfontein, and they dedicated an entire day to clean up the establishment and its garden, leaving the place more pleasant for the joy of nearly 50 elders who live there. Every month, the group visits the place providing support in different areas, especially spiritual care by also praying for those they visit.

In Bloemfontein, the WiA also visited the Katlego Cancer Care Home, which cares for cancer patients that live in far away cities which do not have treatments available for them and also patients who lack financial resources. On their visit, volunteers took 250 personal hygiene kits for the residents of the home.

In the city of Rustenburg, groups of the church including the YPG, Soul Winners and Assistants united their forces and offered a great outdoors get-together for a community near the church, in which all could enjoy a special meal and fun activities for the children.

In Johannesburg, Groups of The Universal Church visited various communities in need, serving soup and bread. The aid did not only consist of food for the stomach but also food for the soul; Bishop Marcelo Pires, who cares for the work of evangelism in South Africa, did a prayer for those who were present and shared with them a word of faith for each one to achieve a better future.

The Women in Action (WiA) group also visited The House in Johannesburg, which is a shelter for girls who are victims of abuse. They took gifts and performed many activities to encourage the young women to overcome any obstacle and persist in their dreams.

If you would like more information on how to join a group in The Universal Church, you can visit our location near you and speak with a pastor. Also, feel free to contact us for more information.

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