Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

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Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
FounderNelson Mandela
HeadquartersSaxonwold, Johannesburg
OriginsSouth Africa
Dr. Linda Ncube-Nkomo: CA(SA), PhD
Key people

Chief Programmes Officer: Stanley Maphosa
Chief Financial Officer: Sibusiso Zwane
Chief Business Engagement Officer: Nomthi Mnisi
Fundraising Manager: Maeline Engelbrecht
HR Business Partner: Mpumi Mabena

Board of Trustees
Chairperson: Judge Yvonne Mokgoro

Judge Dion Basson
Dr Warren Clewlow
Shirley Mabusela
Nana Magomola
Mr Mpho Makwana
Marumo Moerane
Victor Nosi
Charles Priebatsch

Judge Kathleen Satchwel
Non-profit organisation registration number: 004-638-NPO

The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) is a charitable organisation founded by Nelson Mandela, based in South Africa. Its mission is to help individuals from birth to age 22.[1]


In 1995, Mandela stopped to talk to street children in Cape Town, and was inspired to found organisation. He remarked:

"We were driving back to the Presidency in Cape Town one cold winter's evening, when I saw a group of street children and stopped to talk to them by the street "The children asked me why I love them. This astounded me, and I asked them why they asked this, and they said that because every time I get money from overseas, I share it with them."[1]

Upon founding the organisation, he pledged to donate one third of his salary to NMCF, and began fundraising.[1]

The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund strives to change the way society treats its children and youth. This long-term vision captures the central role society plays in shaping children's lives and the mission is to give voice and dignity to the African child by building a rights-based movement.


Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital[edit]

The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital is the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund flagship project. The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 200 bed specialist paediatric hospital that provides caring, child- and family-centred environment to treat and support critically ill children. The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust was established and tasked with raising R1 billion to bring the specialist paediatric hospital to life.

Child Safety and Protection[edit]

The Child Safety and Protection (CSP) intends to create a safer environment for children and youth in schools and communities. The main focus of the programme is reduction of corporal punishment in schools, decrease of sexual and gender based violence amongst women and girls and elimination of bullying within the schools. The programme currently is running in the following provinces Limpopo, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

Child Survival, Development & Thriving[edit]

With Child mortality being labelled as a critical health issue as a result of malnutrition, lack of immunisation and access of mothers and children to medical services and health care, the first 1000 days of life became an important area for the Fund to focus on. The Fund's response is derived from an analysis of the scope of the problem, existing solutions and outstanding gaps.

The purpose of this intervention is to make certain that the care system respond to the needs of children under the ages of 3 to better ensure their survival, development and thriving.  The Fund's role is to act with extreme vigilance in closing the gaps through Immunisation Coverage, HIV -AIDS Treatment or Prevention and tackling Malnutrition.

The Fund's approach is about developing an activity based implementation plan considering the existing gaps at that level due to resource constraints. The plan is made up of three inter related components to address most of the gaps in the top five worst affected districts of O.R. Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Joe Gqabi in the Eastern Cape, Zululand in Kwazulu Natal and John Taolo in the Northern Cape.

Youth Leadership Programme[edit]

The Youth Leadership Programme has been focused on advocacy and lobbying, with an emphasis on mobilising children and youth towards driving positive social change. Under the Youth Leadership Programme there are four projects that run. These projects are Efeng Bacha, Children's Parliament, Legacy Academy and YLP Alumni.

Efeng Bacha[edit]

The objectives of the NMCF Efeng Bacha Youth Programme are to provide opportunities, skills and mentoring to youths. The club encourages civic participation and upholds respect for diversity and a faith-based value system. Activities include seminars like the Schools Safety Seminar which formed part of 16 days of activism with focus on violence against women in 2006. In March 2007 Efeng Bacha and the NMCF conducted a Teenage Pregnancy Seminar as the start of a research project with the ultimate aim of resolving the challenge of teenage pregnancy. The Efeng Bacha Youth Club is also involved with a Reading Initiative and with Youth Parliament.

Nelson Mandela Children's Parliament

The Nelson Mandela Children's Parliament (NMCP) programme was established to celebrate the values, principles and commitment of Mr Nelson Mandela to the children of South Africa, by giving children meaningful opportunities to participate, direct and influence decisions made on their behalf or in their best interest. Over the past 10 years, the hosting of the NMCP rotated across all provinces to create an opportunity for the children of South Africa to participate equally.

Sustainable Livelihoods[edit]

The Fund's Sustainable Livelihoods Project (SLP) was introduced in 2009 to address poverty experienced by families, especially in areas that have been identified by government as nodal points. These are areas that have a high rate of unemployment, low production because of various reasons and sometimes isolated in terms of securing basic services.  The SLP aim to strengthen families and communities to cope with the situation of vulnerability while creating a better life and brighter future for the children.

SLP is designed to help communities to work out their way out of poverty by encouraging community members to form Self Help Groups (SHG's). The SHG's are engaged in savings mobilisation programmes and income generating activities, they also convene regular meetings to address challenges they face in their homes and communities.

Other fundraising initiatives[edit]

Besides the above-mentioned programmes, other charitable events are arranged regularly, both locally and abroad. Gala dinners featuring auctions are used to raise funds in aid of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. One such event was the Mandela Day Gala Dinner and Auction. It was arranged by former US President Bill Clinton and held on 15 July 2009 at the Vanderbilt Hall in New York.[2] Another successful gala dinner and auction, was the Mandela Legacy Canvas Auction on 16 July 2011 in Cape Town. The canvas was successfully auctioned by South African auctioneer Rael Levitt for R2.5 million.[3]

Project partners and associates[edit]

  • The Goedgedacht Trust
  • Witkoppen Health & Welfare Centre
  • Far North Community Care Centre - Mutsindo Bakery
  • FASFacts
  • Ithuso Community Disability Project
  • Khulisani Agriculture Academy
  • Centre for Community Justice and Development (CCJD)
  • Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU)
  • Ubuntu Pathways
  • Kopano Ke Maatla
  • The Valley Trust
  • Afrika Tikkun Uthando Centre
  • Far North Community Care and Development Centre  2
  • Give A Child A Family
  • Arise and Shine Centre
  • Ebenezer Welfare Supporting and Caring Organisation
  • KwaNgcolozi Child and Family Care


Date Name Location Funds raised
2010 Nelson Mandela Children's Fund UK Annual Gala Dinner Thomas Lord Suite at Lord's, London[4]
2010 Stanley Sagov Benefit Boston[5]


Contributors who have donated to the fund include:


  • 2009: R91,870,000 (US$12,746,661)[11]
  • 2010: R64,346,000 (US$8,925,923)
  • 2011: R64,184,000 (US$4,057,143)
  • 2012: R30,720,000 (US$1,941,846)
  • 2013: R23,405,000 (US$1,479,456)
  • 2014: R29,580,000 (US$1,869,785)
  • 2015: R37,534,000 (US$2,372,566)
  • 2016: R26,613,000 (US$1,682,238)
  • 2017: R34,715,000 (US$2,194,374)
  • 2018: R15,369,000 (US$971,492)
  • 2019: R22,150,000 (US$1,400,126)
  • 2020: R24,985,000 (US$1,579,330)
  • 2021: R13,868,000 (US$921,529)


The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund currently has offices in Johannesburg, South Africa (Head Office) and in London, United Kingdom, which focuses on fundraising.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mandela focuses on Aids orphans – Archived 14 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ SGC to perform at Mandela Day Gala Dinner and Auction in NYC Archived 3 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine, SOWETO Gospel Fans, 14 July 2009
  3. ^ Mandela legacy canvas auctioned off for R2.5 million Archived 2 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine, SABC, 17 Jul 2011
  4. ^ Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK dinner sold out | Fab South African Stuff
  5. ^ Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Benefit with Stanley Sagov at Regattabar > Boston Events List Dead link
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Entertainment Index". ABC News. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  9. ^ Support the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "The Mandela Children's Fund - Michael Flatley at the Celtic Cafe". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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