Nelson Mandela Children's Fund


Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
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Founder(s) Nelson Mandela
Founded 1995
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Key people

Management
Senior Programmes Manager: Adern Nkandela
Chief Executive Officer: Bongi Mkhabela
Board of Trustees
Chairperson:
Judge Dikgang Moseneke
Chief Executive Officer:

Ms Sibongile Mkhabel
Focus fundraising
Motto "Changing the way society treats its children and youth"
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Non-profit organisation registration number: 004-638-NPO

The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) is a charitable organization founded by Nelson Mandela, based in South Africa. Its mission is to help individuals from birth to age 22,[1] particularly orphans of the AIDS crisis.

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History

In 1995, Mandela stopped to talk to street children in Cape Town, and was inspired to found organization. He remarked:

"We were driving back to the Presidency in Cape Town one cold winter's evening, when I saw a group of street children and stopped to talk to them." "The children asked me why I love them. This astounded me, and I asked them why they asked this, and they said that because every time I get money from overseas, I share it with them."[1]

Upon founding the organization, he pledged to donate one third of his salary to the fund, and began fundraising.[1]

Although the organization continues to assist young homeless people and those living in poverty, the fund now focuses on the underpriviledged, orphans of the AIDS crisis, those affected by HIV and AIDS,[2] and "child-headed households" in South Africa.[1]

Programs

Project Goelama

This is a community mobilization project designed to mitigate the effects of HIV and AIDS on youth. As of March 2010, the project has established 75 self-help groups comprising 1,335. These groups support 2,152 children in 2,328 households. The project assisted with the establishment of small, individual or group businesses.

Efeng Bacha

Disability program

Project partners and associates

  • Championing Children[3]
  • Ebenezer
  • Far North Community Care and Development
  • Home Intervention – Hearing and Language Opportunities Parent Education Services (HI HOPES)
  • Kidz Radio Project
  • Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)
  • Rivoni Society For The Blind
  • Siyakhathala Caring Network
  • Sparrow Schools
  • Special Olympics South Africa
  • Youth Connection Project

Fundraisers

Date Name Location Funds raised
2010 Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK Annual Gala Dinner Thomas Lord Suite at Lords Cricket Ground, London[4]
2010 Stanley Sagov Benefit Boston[5]

Patrons

Contributors who have donated to the fund include:

Donations

  • 2009: 91,870,000 rand ($12,746,661 USD)
  • 2010: 64,346,000 rand ($8,925,923USD)[10]

Offices

The fund has offices in countries around the world, including:[1]

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • France
  • Australia
  • Netherlands
  • Canada[11]
  • Spain

Controversy

South African Arms Deal

Further information: South African Arms Deal#Bribery allegations

As part of a suspected bribe to secure an arms deal, on January 29, 1999 the fund received 500,000 rand from German arms manufacturer Thyssen-Krupp.[12][13]

Blood diamonds

Further information: Naomi Campbell#Diamonds from Charles Taylor

In 1997, model Naomi Campbell donated blood diamonds to the charity. In 2010, trustee and former head of the fund Jeremy Ractliffe resigned from the board after confessing that he had kept the diamonds.[14][15][16]

See also

References

External links


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