Wednesday
Jul 18
2012
July 18, 2012

Africa 2012: Day 3

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Yesterday, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited Qunu, South Africa – the rural village where Nelson Mandela grew up – to celebrate Mandela Day and Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday. View a gallery of their visit and read Chelsea's reflections on our blog about her day in Qunu.

Mandela Day recognizes the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his values through volunteering, community service, and a global call to action. To honor this day, President Clinton and Chelsea joined Former Minister of Education in Mozambique Graça Machel and No-Moscow Primary School students in opening a new library at the No-Moscow Primary School. The celebration included musical performances and and traditional South African dance. As a gift to Mandela, President Clinton and Chelsea also donated 1,000 books to the new library.

After the ceremony, President Clinton and Chelsea spent time listening to students read and planted avocado trees in the Qunu community garden.

Today, President Clinton will be visiting Rwanda for the opening of the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence, which is the result of a 2011 Clinton Global Initiative commitment by The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and Partners in Health. The center is the first comprehensive cancer referral facility in rural East Africa.

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