Link Literacy Project – Mandela Day 2018
Mandela Day in South Africa is a day dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela, marking his birthday and celebrating his legacy. The essence of his legacy was to change the world for the better, no matter how small the action. Mandela said that “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
The day challenges South Africans to devote 67 minutes (one minute for very year of his public service) towards doing good. At VentureWeb, we committed our 67 minutes to donating and reading books to children in the Link Literacy Project. Many of the kids in the project do not have access to books at home, their schools have under resourced libraries and they are learning to read in English as a second language. The project is a structured reading program run entirely by volunteers who give of their time.
We were touched by their enthusiasm and appreciation for their new books, and we loved our interactions. We will definitely be back with more books and more volunteers!