ACM Heroes

Dikembe Mutombo..A Congolese Angel? Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a retired Congolese American professional basketball player. Mutombo originally intended to become a doctor; thus attended Georgetown University on a USAID scho-larship but instead became a basketball player. His passion for health care did not stop. A well-known hum-anitarian, Mutombo started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in the Demo-cratic Republic of Congo in 1997. He then built a $29 million, 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown, Kinshasa. On Sept 2, 2006, the hospital named Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital was opened.

Peter Wilson Kithene (Kenya). He founded Mama Maria Kenya and the Mama Maria Clinic. Through fundraising and scholarships he opened the doors to reliable healthcare for the poor in his village. At 23 he was already providing healthcare, hope & opportunity to his people.

Yohannes Gebregeorgis (Ethiopian) is founder of Ethiopia Reads, a philanthropic organization committed to bringing literacy to the children of Ethiopia. In 2002, Gebregeorgis quit his job at the San Francisco Public Library & moved back to Ethiopia with 15,000 books to open his first free library for children.

Marie Da Silva (Malawi), a nanny working in Los Angeles set up the Jacaranda Foundation to provide education & food to Malawi children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS from her personal earnings, donations and volunteer services.

Muzvare Betty Makoni (Zimbabwe) has fought for nearly a decade to protect her country’s young girls from sexual abuse. Her mission is to give raped girls the confidence to transform from victims to survivors and to leaders through her organization, Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW).

Abebech Gobena (Ethiopia) saves children who have lost their parents due to starvation and other causes. Through great perseverance and seemingly boundless generosity, she now supports more than 5,000 Ethiopian children.

These are just a few Africans making a difference. The question is ‘what are other Africans doing for Africa?

One person can make a huge difference. You can start today to change and affect lives in Africa for the better.