In Zimbabwe there is a lack of clean water and electricity. Women and children must walk for miles to get drinkable water and the power grid is absent or unreliable. We help schools, children’s homes and remote villages to obtain clean water and electricity using Solar Energy technologies.

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Mpilo Foundation is recognized by the Dutch tax authorities (Belastingdienst) as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO, or ANBI in Dutch). Donations to Mpilo Foundation may be tax deductible (conditions apply). For more information, consult the Belastingdienst website.


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Rehabilitating 14 boreholes
Pilot: 6 boreholes
Murimbika Village
Albert Nijland, MD PhD, Chairman

From 1984-1987 Albert Nijland worked as a tropical doctor at the Mpilo hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In 1991 Albert was a ‘Registrar-Lecturer’ at the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA), near Pretoria, South Africa. As a volunteer he has always remained connected to Africa.

In 2018 Albert, with the active involvement of Jaco van den Hoek and Berto Broeksema, founded the Mpilo Foundation, with the aim of specifically providing support to the rural population in Zimbabwe in the field of water and energy.

Jaco van den Hoek, MD, Secretary

Jaco van den Hoek has been a pediatrician at the Saxenburgh Medical Center since 2001. In the Netherlands we know unprecedented luxury and prosperity, which contrasts sharply with the situation in many other places in the world, including Zimbabwe. We cannot close our eyes to this and that is the motivation for me to make an effort for the Mpilo Foundation.

Berto Broeksema, Treasurer
Berto Broeksema has been working as a manager in the healthcare sector since 1992. Despite the fact that we often grumble about the health care system in the Netherlands, I think we have a very good life in this country. The situation in Zimbabwe, on the other hand, is simply appalling. I take it for granted that I invest time and energy in a country like Zimbabwe, in addition to my regular work. Organizing water and energy in the poorest areas. Basics that we hardly think about. But a well makes a world of difference!
Gift Sanyamahwe, projects director in Zimbabwe

Gift Sanyamahwe is a 25-year-old self-motivated entrepreneur who is into piggery and crop farming, he has also worked with the Inspire Women Men and Children trust on several development projects and trainings with rural communities of Umguza District. He is also a family man, married to Sandile Sibanda with one baby boy, Zayne Athandwe, who is 5 months old.

Belinda Malandu, WASH officer

Belinda Malandu is Technician with a demonstrated history of working in the WASH industry. She is an engineering professional with a qualification in Water and Waste Management focused on Water Sanitation and Hygiene from The Institute of Water and Sanitation Development.

From 2018-2020 Belinda worked as a District Water Technician for the District Development Fund (DDF) implementing several WASH Projects and ensuring safe water supplies to the rural community in Bubi District.

Angel Dube

Angel Dube is a 28 year old lady who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Library & Information Science, & a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. As an Information Management and Community development professional, she is a compassionate individual who strives to help the less fortunate and vulnerable groups in society. She also has a personal interest in any type of farming activities.

Ellen Nijland-Demmer, Volunteer

From 1984-1987, Ellen and Albert lived in Zimbabwe and later in South Africa. Ellen has worked with Albert in general practice for 25 years and in 2018 stood at the cradle of the Mpilo Foundation.

As an enthusiastic volunteer experienced all developments at Mpilo Foundation, as well as all trips to Zimbabwe, together with Albert. The contact with the local Zimbabwean women provided a lot of information for the policy of Mpilo Foundation. ‘Empower a woman with water and she can change her world’.

Laban Thimo

Laban Thimo is a Kenyan who is passionate about utilization of renewable energy to improve the lifestyle of the communities who are yet to be connected national grid. He holds master’s degree in Energy Technology (Renewable Energy), and he is currently a PhD candidate and a tutorial fellow at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Laban Thimo has vast experience in Solar PV, solar Thermal, Wind Energy and Biomass Energy, previously he has successfully worked and offered consultancy services in various organization such as: JICA/ JKUAT BRIGHT Project on rural electrification using renewable energy, UNDP Project on Low emission and climate resilient development project and Greenlink Solar. He is licensed as a solar PV and Thermal energy expert by Energy & Petroleum Regulatory Agency in Kenya.

The four criteria

Sustainable facilities

We don’t give money, but we support projects with sustainable solutions for water and electricity, using Solar Energy.

Small-Scale projects

First we visit a project to establish need and necessity. We also look at the transparency and stability of the project organization.

Local Involvement

We prefer to work with local suppliers for the facilities. We also provide local guidance on implementation.

Annual Visits

We return to our projects every year. We discuss progress together with the local organization. We remain involved for 3 to 5 years.

Legal documents

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+31 6 5464 5855

IBAN NL98 RABO 0331 8112 35
Stichting Mpilo Foundation

KvK: 72254750
RSIN: 859048330

Mpilo Foundation is recognized by the tax authorities as a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI).