“It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.”

Nelson Mandela


How you can make a difference


It can be hard to imagine that our individual actions really make a difference in a world that is so full of suffering, but I want to assure you that they do. As Ela Bhatt writes in her magnificent blog Peace by practice: Mandela Day 2011, what we do each day “is like ripples in water, small circles of change that grow ever wider.” Many of you write to us asking “What can I do to help?” It can be the smallest gestures, closest to home, that matter most: helping a neighbour in need, organising a street clean up, or volunteering at a local youth group. There are plenty of ways to make a difference, not just on Mandela Day, but every day – here is a list of 67 ideas to get you started.

My friends, you have no excuse!

As Gro Brundtland says, “We want to inspire the conviction that we all can make a difference; that by our own actions, we can help make the world a better place.”

With love and blessings,

Desmond Tutu



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