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FANRPAN celebrates Nelson Mandela Day
18 July 2011


On the auspicious day of Nelson Mandela's 93th birthday, people around the globe were asked to contribute 67 minutes of their time to service and to charitable causes. This marks Madiba's 67 years of selfless public service. It is in this spirit that people celebrate this legacy of service to humanity.

On 18 July 2011, the FANRPAN Regional Secretariat joined hands with Maskew Miller Longman and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) South Africa to celebrate this auspicious day. Staff members gathered at the Potter's House at 288 Burgerspark Lane, Pretoria

Background of facility:
The Potter's House was founded in 1993 as the first non-racial shelter in the city, to provide holistic support for women in crisis and their children. It has become a place where women are empowered to discover their full potential and to be re-integrated into society.

The transitional accommodation facility is available to women between the ages of 19 and 60. It can accommodate up to 24 women. Currently there are 16 women and 14 children between the ages of 1 and 16 years. Various programmes are in place to facilitate healing and empowerment, including counselling, therapy, spiritual nurture, and skills development.

The Contribution:
Staff members handed over garden implements, seed, food, clothes and blankets to members of the facility. A guest speaker, Mr Lesiba Khunou, from FAO addressed the audience on cultivating a food garden and the importance of good nutrition. He also outlined how a food garden could be started and how it can be beneficial to the residents. Mr Khunou also indicated the FAO will initiate discussions with the home Manager, Ms Letty Mayephu, on initiating further food security projects with Potter's House.

Maskew Miller Longman (MML), an education publisher donated useful books and publications. MML, represented by Mr Rustom Ramokgano, also pledged further support to Potter's House. All those present then launched the project by planting the first row of seed before handing over the garden implements and seed. Ms Letty Mayephu thanked FANRPAN, FAO and MML for their support and her team bade farewell to the FANRPAN team with a gracious song.


Lesiba Khunou delivers his address

Mr Ian Mashingaidze hands over the FANRPAN contributions

Mr Rustom Ramokgano hands over the books

The attentive audience

An SABC radio journalists conducts an on-site interview

The digging begins

Fanrpan ladies get stuck into the job

Young and old plant seeds

The Team

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