This week we are beginning the countdown to New Year's and 2015. There are only 15 days left and Operation HOPE has accomplished and grown a lot. For the next 15 days I will present a story that sums up 2015 for Operation HOPE, through the lens of our suceess, people, growth and events. The order of the material presented does not represent its importance because all the stories contributed to who we are today.
Operation HOPE South Africa Celebrates Mandela Day and His Long Walk to “Financial” Freedom
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On July 18, Operation HOPE South Africa celebrated Mandela Day and Savings Month with children and adults in the towns of Diepsloot (outside of Johannesburg) and Heideveld (located in the Western Cape).
The Afrika Tkkun Centre in Diepsloot, along with the Banking on Our Future team from Johannesburg, celebrated Mandela Day with more than 200 children and adults participating in a walk themed “Walking towards Financial Freedom.” This was followed by a presentation on saving money and how it leads to a better life. The children presented Mandela’s messages of a better life for all. The ceremony concluded with everyone singing the “Happy Birthday” song to Madiba.
The Banking on Our Future team on the Western Cape spent the morning celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday with children living in a safe-house in the Heideveld region. In collaboration with Zoe Trust and Straatwerk, more than 50 children and adults from the community and HOPE Corps volunteers participated in a full day of activities.
Posted by Natasha Eldridge, Office of the Chairman