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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
We don’t give money, but we support projects with sustainable solutions for water and electricity, using Solar Energy.
We return to our projects every year. We discuss progress together with the local organization. We remain involved for 3 to 5 years.
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