By Mpho Nyaka

Own your Freedom Freedom Month is observed in April throughout South Africa to celebrate the dawn of freedom and democracy and the achievements of all South Africans in moving away from hatred, divisions and a painful history to build a common future together. The month is celebrated under the theme “ Own it” The month of April derives its significance from 27 April 1994, when South Africa held its first democratic elections. The day, known as Freedom Day, is an occasion for the country to remember and celebrate struggle icons and honour those who continue to be committed to transformation and to building a better life for all of us. My Hands and Heart celebrates this day by ensuring that every young person has an opportunity where they can volunteer and help make this world a better place. It is all thanks to the freedom that was worked so hard for. We say to you young person, make this freedom yours in a positive way. #Ownit, because tomorrow is determined by the actions of those who are young today. Freedom Day represents peace, unity, and the restoration of human dignity of all South Africans. It is a reminder of the countless sacrifices made by our countrymen; and a chance to ensure that no one will ever take our hard won freedom for granted. South Africa has taken many strides away from its past of exclusion and discrimination on the basis of sex, colour and creed. The country has been steadily moving forward in a direction that reasserts our humanity. For this very reason, freedom should therefore never be taken for granted. #OwnIt. Check out all available volunteer opportunities her: - Mpho Nyaka