“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
Today marks Nelson Mandela Day. Scores of people in every corner of the earth are inspired by Mandela’s legacy, summarized in the three rules by which he lived his life:
“Serve every day”.
Today we take a little more time to remember those values. We are driven to live those values ourselves, and we started this company with a primary goal: to serve those who serve others. Though we all play different roles – the engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers of humanitarian relief supplies, the aid workers on the ground, the people struggling to survive each day, and the humanitarian enterprises like The Level Market providing crucial resources to support them all – we form an interconnected system that thrives on such shared values.
This year’s Mandela Day message is “Take action against poverty”. Innovations in technology, micro-finance programs, and small business support for women, for example, are helping to empower more individuals and communities to rise out of poverty. These accomplishments are to be celebrated, scaled, and spread further.
But the road to poverty alleviation is long and hard, and people living in post-disaster or displacement situations are often not able to take advantage of such opportunities until they can stabilize their daily lives and meet their most basic needs. TLM and the organizations with which we work are filling that gap, providing necessities such as cooking, water and shelter products that help people improve their living conditions and take the first step toward stability and freedom from poverty.
If your organization also strives to “serve every day” and you’d like to know more about how TLM connects suppliers, buyers and providers of humanitarian aid supplies, don’t hesitate to contact us.
“Let’s recommit to work towards our common goal: a nation where all of us are winners, all of us have shelter, food, and education.” – Nelson Mandela