In honour of their founder, Nelson Mandela, The Elders on Tuesday planted 100 trees in new exhibit representing 100 grassroots organisations that The Elders selected for their demonstration of moral leadership in the spirit of Mandela’s legacy.
Mandela founded the group, made up of independent global leaders, in 2007. To mark Mandela’s centenary, they are championing “Sparks of Hope” across all aspects of civil society: peacemakers, human right campaigners, justice defenders, advocates for an end to sexual violence, LGBT rights fighters, community health workers and more.
The organisations featured in the new park, from South Africa, and other countries in Africa and around the world, were identified by The Elders through their campaign #WalkTogether – Continue Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. Over 30 of those selected are from the African continent.