The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
MANILA – HOUSE BUILDING PROJECT FOR MANDELA DAY

The Embassy team’s show their hands are ready to build some
houses on a hot Saturday in Bistekville, Quezon City

Embassy staff volunteered for a house building project with Philippines Habitat for Humanity in Quezon City (QC), Manila on 28 July 2012 to commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day. Manila Congressman Irwin Tieng as well as the Vice Mayor of QC, Joy Belmonte graced the event and welcomed the Mission’s effort.

Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso and Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO & Managing Director, Mr Charlie Ayco during the Mission’s Mandela Day house-building projected where 94 volunteers spent time on the building of 8 houses

 

The Embassy galvanized the support of 94 volunteers to honour former President Mandela’s 94th birthday during the belated Nelson Mandela Day. The day also included storytelling to kids in the community and feeding packs distributed to 29 families already living on site by partner companies. The volunteering partners included the South African (SA) community and students, SA companies i.e. Gold Fields Philippines Corporation and Aspen Philippines Inc. and other companies doing business with SA like Federated Distributors Inc. (FDI) [Ceres juice], Aerotel (Agent of South African Airways), Star Alliance as well as a number of United Nations agencies, namely, UNICEF, UN Habitat for Humanity and the ILO.

The day also included storytelling and handing out of food packs distributed by companies to needy kids in the community.

 

Ambassador Nyamande – Pitso welcomed the participants and cited the role of South Africa’s first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela in his never ending quest to uplift human dignity in South Africa and also the world at large. The CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Mr. Charlie Ayco emphasized that this project is a symbol of the Philippines fight against economic discrimination by forming similar partnerships. Vice Mayor Belmonte said that 40 percent of the people in QC live in informal settlements, thus the provision of housing has been a priority of the local government. She applauded the Mandela Day effort and welcomed Nelson Mandela’s “special call to give back to society”.

The 94 volunteers divide into 8 teams whose house building efforts raised some houses from ground to door level in a few hours!

 

The Mission will also be screening a number of South African films free to the public at the Rizal Park Auditorium, Manila during July and August on the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day and Women’s Day and Month.

SA Embassy Manila, Philippines

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

August 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doing Business in Sri Lanka The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Pretoria in partnership with the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) organized a trade and investment promotion... <|> Daesh defeated Daesh, the extremist group that occupied the city of Mosul in Iraq has been defeated, said Ambassador Dr Saad Jawad Kindeel of Iraq to South Africa at a press conference held at the... <|> 65th National Day of the Arab Republic of Egypt 4 August 2017 H.E. Ambassador Sherif Issa and Madame Dina Zeidan hosted a reception on the occasion of the 65th National Day of the Arab Republic of... <|> Vietnam Cuisine Week Ambassador Vu Van Dzung of Vietnam in South Africa hosted the opening of the Vietnam Cuisine Week at Saigon Restaurant in Rivonia, Johannesburg. The Embassy of Vietnam is... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole is what intrigued Dr Navin Naidoo to go into the world of Diamonds... <|> The United Nations stands with South Africa’s women 9 August 2017 Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa extends its warm wishes to the women of South Africa on the... <|> UAE Embassy Women's Day initiative The staff at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in South Africa visited the Youth for Survival shelter on Women's Day and donated goods. The donation included... <|> H.E. Ambassador-Designate Lin Songtian arrives in SA Speaking to the press upon his arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Ambassador–Designate Lin Songtian said he is back in... <|> Independence Day of Bolivia 6 August 2017 Bolivia signed its declaration of independence on August 6, 1825 and marked the first Independence Day for Bolivia. On Sunday, the Bolivian community... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.