Nearly fifteen years ago, Nelson Mandela having just been released from prison, came upon a group of young children tattered and torn and looking for a listening ear. They seemed to him to be discarded, invisible, below the radar screen, and yet these children struck a cord with him. His work for them would be a huge part of his legacy. They were the future. At that moment it became clear to Mr. Mandela that the future of South Africa depends on the welfare of South Africa’s children and youth. Thus when he was elected President, he established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund donating one third of his salary to the Fund. From then until now, the Fund has grown and added affiliates in Canada, the Netherlands, UK and the United States, each in its own unique way becoming the voice of South African children in their home country.
We are the voice for South African children in the United States
As an affiliate of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund we support its mission and vision. NMCF partners with NGOs in South Africa to provide services to vulnerable children and youth including, supporting children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic; empowering children with disabilities; and, promoting youth leadership.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund strives to change the way society treats its children and youth.
Our mission is to give voice and dignity to the African child by building a child rights movement. The Principles that guide the Fund’s pursuit of this Mission are:
• Development of partnerships and initiation of programs and projects that empower communities to be in control of their own circumstances.
• Promotion of the rights of children and youth through the influence of public policy and social awareness.
• Cultivating a learning culture within the organization that enables and encourages it to build new practices and supports its new approach of thinking about and implementing its work.
• Sustenance of the Fund’s initiatives through the development of sound financial information, support base and technical assistance to partners on selected organizational capacities.
• Committing its resource to its primary target beneficiary of 0 – 22.