WaterAid honors the life and legacy of Mandela

WaterAid has today paid tribute to former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, describing him as a great humanitarian and campaigner for social justice.

Dec 6 2013 |

WaterAid has today paid tribute to former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, describing him as a great humanitarian and campaigner for social justice who has tirelessly championed the rights of the poor and marginalized with courage, vision and determination.

Barbara Frost, WaterAid International Chief Executive, said that Mr. Mandela’s death was an extraordinary loss:

“On behalf of WaterAid Staff and supporters around the world, I extend my heartfelt condolences to all of President Mandela’s family, loved ones, the people and Government of South Africa,” she said.

“He was a remarkable, courageous man with such generosity of spirit, humour and forgiveness. He did so much to bring hope to all that a just and fair world is possible and that we all have our own part to play in this”.

Nelson Mandela was committed to making poverty history and eradicating inequalities in whatever form they take.

Robert Kampala, Head of Southern Africa Region for WaterAid, said:

“As we mourn this loss, we will continue to fully embrace Madiba’s insistence that overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. Overcoming poverty is, as he so rightly said, ‘the protection of the fundamental right to dignity and a decent life’.

“As we celebrate and remember this distinguished leader, we call upon other world leaders to emulate his example and work for universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 as the essential step towards eradicating global poverty.”