The Mandela Day Library project was started in 2011 and since its inception the total amount of children who now have access to Mandela Day Libraries has past 40 000 children a day. The libraries have a direct and real impact on the young minds in each school where we locate the libraries. The primary objective is to give the children a "hand up" and not a "hand out" . They have it in their power to learn to read with the use of the library and with that, we hope that they will use the skill of reading to learn further.
This is why we fill the libraries with books that are aspiration and inspirational. Ideas and places to go that will help to inspire change and hope, as well as the desire to learn more and stay in school.
From the time you start the donation cycle to the initiation of the building of the library we aim to ensure people are uplifted during the whole process.
You as a donor will help us to educate others to stand up and make a difference , no matter how small. We take the money and initiate a project that buys an old shipping container (12meters). The conversion company then uses people from underprivileged areas to help transform the container by fixing it , waterproofing the roof, painting and installing the doors windows, insulation and security gates as well as electrical fittings in a process that teaches skills such as metal work, welding, painting, fitter and installation of electrical wiring.
The containers are then delivered on a truck and loaded into place ready for the acceptance of books that are donated by Rotary International.
The schools take responsibility for the library and receive training and help on librarian services as well as the support of the Soul Buddyz reading club in South Africa, which is an organisation of more than 150 000 school children that arrange reading clubs in all areas of schooling for South Africa.
The libraries are continually restocked and can carry about 5000 books in total, as well as act as a safe keeping place for official school text books. The units are designed and built to last at least 25 years but we hope to see at least 15 years of continual use until such time as a permanent library is installed. When a permanent Library is built then the school can choose to donate the Mandela day Library container to a new location so others can benefit.
|Penny||Never underestimated the power of books and the value of reading.||04 September 2018||1,000.00 ZAR|
|Thomas||Knowledge is power||18 July 2018||200.00 ZAR|
|Cheryl||A wonderful initiative||18 July 2018||200.00 ZAR|
|Jill F D||I will never forget my visit to Cape Town. x||24 May 2017||100.00 ZAR|
|Iraj Bastar||Repair bangles 46664 .- ref. e-mail from Robert Coutts - 27. jan 2017 Document No: 1985 VAT number: 4620264129||29 January 2017||1,017.00 ZAR|
|Kath McGuire||The power of books.||03 January 2017||1,660.00 ZAR|
|Khulisa Management Services||Khulisa is honoured to make this donation for Mandela Day 2016||18 July 2016||670.00 ZAR|
|David Friston||Thank you for the good work.||09 June 2016||20.00 USD|
|Kerry Ryan||In Loving Memory of my Wife||11 August 2014||2,000.00 ZAR|
|Ride2Raise JoBerg2C 2014||An outstanding ride, and outstanding cause and a whole team of dedicated riders||04 June 2014||49,758.60 ZAR|
|Origin Ride2Raise||what a wonderful journey! Joberg2c!||01 June 2014||36,000.00 ZAR|
|Marie-Anne Spencer-Clarke||Att. The Bangle Team....with thanks||07 April 2014||50.50 USD|
|Danny Vogel & Andreas Freiter||All the way from Germany bearing gifts for the Old Mutual Joberg2C Mandela Day Libraries||30 March 2014||50,000.00 ZAR|
|TEST||12 March 2014||1.00 USD|