Nelson Mandela was awarded the World’s Children’s Prize 2005, and elected the WCP Decade Child Rights Hero 2009, for his lifelong struggle to free the children of South Africa from apartheid, and for his unwavering support for their rights. He was awarded jointly with his wife, child rights hero Graça Machel. Mandela sadly passed away on 5 December, 2013, and will always be remembered as a role model and inspiration.
After 27 years in prison he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa, a country where children of all skin colours gained equal rights for the first time.
Nelson continued to help South Africa’s children and demands respect for their rights. He started his own children’s foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF), which helps children whose parents have died of AIDS, street children, disabled children and poor children.
As president Nelson Mandela donated half of his salary to poor children and when he received the Nobel Peace Prize he gave part of the prize money to help street children. Nelson not only wants all children to feel loved, he also wants to give them a better future. That’s why he also wanted to give children the chance to develop their talents.