Nelson Mandela’s Last Wish

Nelson_Mandela_Obit_1 Nelson Mandela’s last wish was to build a children’s hospital in Johannesburg to serve all children of southern Africa regardless of race, socioeconomic status or ability to pay.   The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) will be Mr. Mandela’s legacy and live by his creed that “a society’s soul is revealed by how it treats its children.”


Mr. Mandela spent 27 years imprisoned for his principles and his vision for South Africa. Your gift can make his vision and final wish a reality.

$27.00 – buys a brick for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

$270.00 – helps build and furnish the hospital Outpatient Clinic

$2,700.00 – helps build the hospital’s operating theatres

Please donate now

Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

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Remembering Mandela

Today marks one year since the passing of Nelson Mandela.Click below to read a few commentaries from the South African press on this important event.


We must remember the past to fully reconcile 

As we honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death a year ago, it is important to take stock of our journey and the challenges we face in the future. 


Should we be mad at Mandela? 

Race, reconciliation, justice 20 years on… was Mandela’s decision to prioritize forgiveness the right one? 


‘I miss my friend’ 

The memories never fade, especially when it comes nearer to the date of his passing. Our thoughts are more and more directed towards him. 


We have let Madiba down 


Amid our despair, Mandela shows us a better way ahead 

We mark the first anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s death. It now seems like a long time ago that South Africans across the board united in the outpouring of grief and the celebration of a life mostly lived in service of the nation and humanity. 


The Longest Night: A Year without Mandela 

In the tumult of this strange, momentous year, when many of our institutions-democracy, parliament, rule of law-have seemed at best chimerical and at worst a joke, is it not time to begin reconsidering what Mandela left us?


Honor Mandela through action 


Remember Mandela:  How to turn the world’s greatest legacy into a farce 

A year after his death, Mandela has faded out of South African life.  His legacy is being squandered. And the anniversary of his death will become just another charade.


We remember Nelson Mandela 

These two brief videos will help you remember him, including a new video ‘Asimbonanga’ written by Johnny Clegg in tribute to Nelson Mandela.


The Big Read: Time to think of what will follow the ailing ANC

The parties have been held (most of the government-funded ones before the May 7 election, funnily enough) and the advertising budgets are exhausted.


Remember Mandela’s true values

South Africans can best remember former president Nelson Mandela by living the values he stood for, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said.


Mandela’s legacy is slipping through our fingers

It was a year ago today that Nelson Mandela died. South Africans stood shoulder-to-shoulder and bowed their heads in mourning at the passing of the master statesman, the father of our nation, the man who meant everything to us.


Tutu urges South Africans to follow in Mandela’s footsteps

One year after Nelson Mandela’s death, fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called on South Africans to emulate the anti-apartheid hero’s example.

The moral courage of Nelson Mandela

“Never before in history was one human being so universally acknowledged in his lifetime as the embodiment of magnanimity and reconciliation as Nelson Mandela was.”
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Read the entire story in the Washington Post.

Nelson Mandela, South African Icon of Peaceful Resistance, Is Dead

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders.
Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the white minority government, only to forge a peaceful end to white rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990. He led the African National Congress, long a banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994, the first fully democratic election in the country’s history.
Mr. Mandela served just one term as South Africa’s president and had not made a public appearance since 2010, when the nation hosted the World Cup. But his decades in prison and his insistence on forgiveness over vengeance made him a potent symbol of the struggle to end his country’s brutally codified system of racial domination, and of the power of peaceful resolution in even the most intractable conflicts.
Years after he retreated from public life, his name still resonated as an emblem of his effort to transcend decades of racial division and create what South Africans called a Rainbow Nation.