As Volunteers commit themselves to making the world a better place, they confront widespread poverty, scarce critical resources like clean water, and at times the injustices of undemocratic political systems. Often captivating beauty is juxtaposed with the destructive forces of captivity.We dedicate this year’s calendar to Nelson Mandela.
Despite 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was able to overcome extreme adversity and achieve great things. As he walked toward the gate to freedom, he said, “I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” We honor Mandela’s considerable accomplishments and, above all, his tenacity, courage and dedication to reconciliation and peace.
Like Mandela, we know there is much left to do, and we believe it can be done by the small steps each of us take. This calendar, now in its 28th year, represents some of those steps. Each year, proceeds help fund small scale development projects and improve access to health care and education. Projects that address clean drinking water, sanitation and water scarcity are always a high priority. This year, we call special attention to the WATER FOR LIFE initiatives of the UN’s Decade for Water.
We appreciate your support for the International Calendar, our labor of love, and for your ongoing efforts to promote peace and understanding in the spirit of Nelson Mandela.
Countries featured this year : Ethiopia (cover), Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Turkey, South Africa, Mozambique, Vanautu, Guatemala, Rwanda, Mongolia, India and Nepal.
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