Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1993, was a prominent supporter of building an SOS Children's Village in Umtata, in the Eastern Cape Province. Early in 2001, Umtata was opened as the sixth SOS Children's Village in South Africa.
"I would like to tell every young person here today that I love them very much," said Mandela during the opening ceremony of the SOS Children's Village in Cape Town.
"You are the future of South Africa, the hope of our rainbow country."
"Many of these children were robbed of their right to a decent education and adequate health care, stable family lives and sometimes of their entire childhood," continued Mandela in his Cape Town speech. "And this applies to the majority of children. The graver circumstances of those who are homeless, destitute or orphaned without any love or care, are deeply distressing."