Mandela Legacy Will Live On

Statement from Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles

Nelson Mandela knew that by investing in children we were investing in our collective future. He has often been quoted as saying that there can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way it treats its children and he demonstrated that commitment many times. In 1993 he donated his Nobel Peace prize money to children's charities and in 1995 he gave one-third of his presidential salary to establish the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in South Africa.

His legacy will live on. Those who seek a voice will borrow his. Those who find themselves in darkness will use his words for light. His fundamental respect for humanity and his love for children will continue to inspire South Africans and people of all nations to know that a better future is always possible. At this sad time, we must reflect on his life and recommit to building a world he would be proud of. A world in which all children, born equal, are given the strength to walk their own road. Today we weep for our loss, but we rejoice in a world deeply transformed by his having been here at all.

Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

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