CARE Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela

CARE Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela

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"One can rarely say with absolute confidence that an individual altered the course of human history. Yet without a doubt, Nelson Mandela changed his nation - and our entire world - for the better. He inspired millions to rise above intolerance, push back against injustice, and strive for dignity and equality for all humankind. His passing will certainly be mourned, but his life and legacy will be celebrated and emulated for generations to come."

-  Helene D. Gayle, President & CEO, CARE USA

KEEP LEARNING: Hear Dr. Gayle talk to WABE, Atlanta's local NPR station, about her experiences with Nelson Mandela, and how he inspired progress in addressing poverty, disease and inequality in his country >

ABOUT CARE'S WORK IN SOUTH AFRICA: CARE’s history in South Africa started in 1993. Our work at the time was to help prepare first-time voters for the 1994 democratic elections. In Free State (then still “Orange Free State”), we trained and deployed trainers to work in communities in their areas on voter education. As a component of the voter education drive, we also participated in national and provincial task teams in support of the country’s first democratic elections. In the late-1990s through the early-2000s, CARE continued to support South Africa’s emerging democracy through two initiatives aimed at building the capacity of local civil society organizations and networks and new local government structures to more effectively reach and have a positive impact on those who are most poor and vulnerable. More recently, we support local organizations and clinics to ensure high quality and integrated care for people living with HIV and AIDS.

ABOUT CARE: Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 84 countries and reached more than 83 million people around the world. To learn more, visit

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In this 1991 photo, Dr. Helene Gayle poses with Nelson Mandela at the residence of then-U.S. Ambassador to South Africa William Swing.