We are a group of friends who saw the health care needs of the people of Zimbabwe and decided to do something about it.

Our Mission:
To provide the people of Mtshabezi area access to health-care by equipping the local hospital, and having mobile clinics to reach the under-served.

Our Vision:
A community where every man, woman and child that needs healthcare has access to it.

Our Core Values:

Hope for Mtshabezi is dedicated to working hard at improving the health of the medically underserved in Zimbabwe.

We strongly believe in keeping our word and being sincere in all our actions. We also believe in holding ourselves to strong ethical standards and never faltering on what we believe in.

We have a strong concern for other’s misfortune and a deep awareness of their suffering coupled with a strong desire to help.

We believe that we are only going to achieve our goals by working hard, being dedicated to our cause and keeping our integrity intact. All the members of Hope for Mtshabezi are volunteers.


To hold Community Health Outreach Events in order to provide free healthcare to a large number of people in one setting, with the concentrated help of a large pool of medical professionals who are otherwise not available to provide constant service to the rural areas.

Are you willing to help?

To operate a Mobile Clinic in order to take healthcare directly to those communities that do not have clinics. This will provide healthcare to villagers who might otherwise go without, or have to walk for tens of kilometers to the hospital.

Are you willing to help?

To support Mtshabezi Hospital & Outpatient Clinic in order to ensure that the community of Mtshabezi has a stable long-term healthcare provider with sufficient medical staff,  a stable supply of medication, medical supplies and equipment.

Are you willing to help?


Doreen Khumalo, BSc.

Doreen Khumalo has been with HFM since its inception in 2005.  She brings over 10 years of senior corporate management experience.  She is passionate about seeing Zimbabwe revive as a country in general, and revamping the health care delivery system in particular.  Doreen attained her BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH in 1994. Her vision for the Mtshabezi area is to have a vibrant, sustainable source of health care for the community.  She believes no human should lose their life from a lack of antibiotics, in today’s world. She currently lives in the Colorado area with her family.

Lindani Sibanda RN., MSN., FNP.
Founder / VP of Finance 

Hlengiwe Lindani Mlotshwa- Sibanda works as a nurse practitioner serving the healthcare needs of the underserved in California. She founded the non-profit organization:  Nursing Charity Organization for the Philippines and Zimbabwe Inc. (NCOPZ) and its affiliate, Hope for Mtshabezi (HFM) in 2005.

(Read more about Lindani)

Kwanele Ndlovu,  MBA
VP of Operations

Kwanele holds an MBA degree from Marymount University where she was an integral part of the School of Business Administration. She was part of a team that organized the pre-White House Conference on Aging at the university hosted by the Healthcare Management Department. She is currently part of a Direct Response company that has an array of political and non-profit clients dedicated to providing strategy and integrated marketing. She is looking forward to bringing about meaningful change to the Mtshabezi community. She currently resides in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.

Ernest D. Simela, M.D.
Board Chair

 Dr. Simela grew up in the nation of Zimbabwe located in the Southern Africa region. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. A Pediatrician by training, he has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. He has been involved with HFM since 2005 and is proud of the fact that the organization touches the lives of real people in real time. He cares deeply about the plight of people in the Mtshabezi region in Zimbabwe and strongly feels that Hope For Mtshabezi is a bridge to the local community. He currently resides in the New York City area with his family.

Caroline Bongi Richards (Nee Ndlovu) RN, MSPH
Board Member

Bongi was born at Mtshabezi Hospital where her parents were teachers at the Mission School. She received her general nursing training at Mpilo School of Nursing in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In the late 70s she migrated to Ohio where she studied Community Health at The University of Toledo.  Her inspiration to serve the Mtshabezi community comes from the loss of her youngest sister Sanelisiwe who died after over 2 years of total paralysis. Sane had a deep heart for helping others and giving selflessly. Bongi currently lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and works in the area of community health.

Raphael Mthombeni
Board Member

Raphael Mthombeni has been a Brethren In Christ Church Pastor/Church Planter and has also served as a Church Superintendent [Overseer] for over 20 years. He holds a BA in Church Administration.  He is currently working on his M.A in Conflict Resolution and Counseling. He is founder and director of The Choral Sounds Choir. He is also the founder and President of Great Grace Camp Ministries a humanitarian and religious charity Organization founded in 2007. He has a passion for the people of the Matabeleland region in Zimbabwe as pastor and humanitarian. He sees HFM as the hope for total health and spiritual care for his people. He resides in Dallas Texas with his family.

Semukelisiwe Khumalo-Dube (Board Member -UK) • Pharo Dube (VP Operations – Zimbabwe) • Florence Ndlovu (VP of Finance – Zimbabwe) • Silas Sibanda (Zimbabwe) • Sam Sibanda (Zimbabwe) • Abbie Dube (Senior Advisor – Zimbabwe) • Barbara Makhalisa – Nkala (Senior Advisor – Zimbabwe) • Mrs. Nellie Mlotshwa (Senior – Advisor – Zimbabwe)

“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” ~ Unknown



  • Hope for Mtshabezi Organization is founded
  • Purchase equipment and medication for Mtshabezi Hospital


  • Sponsored monthly trips to Mtshabezi Hospital for visiting doctor as the hospital did not have any doctors and was run by nurses.
  • Constructed men and women’s bathrooms at Mtshabezi Hospital.  HFM provided all equipment and materials, and hired builders from the community of Mtshabezi.
  • Provided hospital with medication, medical supplies, and equipment.
  • Sponsored NUST (National University of Science and Technology) medical students/lecturers for a week-long health outreach at the hospital.


  • Remodeled and furnished Dr’s quarters in the hope of getting a doctor for the hospital.
  • Provided hospital with medication, medical supplies, and equipment.
  • Nursing Charity Organization for the Philippines and Zimbabwe founded. HFM becomes an affiliate of NCOPZ a 501C3 charity organization


  • First doctor in 7 years joins Mtshabezi hospital staff.
  • Donated a vehicle to provide transportation for the doctor.
  • The economic situation in Zimbabwe is dire and beyond our imagination. We soon realized that many villagers could not even travel to the hospital due to huge economic constraints and some just too sick to walk for miles. As a result  HFM sponsored the first Community Health Outreach at Lumene School.  13 doctors and dozens of other medical professionals volunteered their services and we provided the medication and medical supplies.  They worked from sunrise to sunset until all medication and supplies ran out.
  • Provided hospital with medication, medical supplies, and equipment.


  • HFM sponsors 2nd Community health outreach June 13, 2009 Sitezi Clinic (approx 900 people treated).
  • October 6 — 1st surgery in 8 years at Mtshabezi hospital after the hospital gets the second doctor, a surgeon.
  • October 24– 3rd Community health outreach Sitezi clinic (approx 400 people treated).
  • HFM supports Mtshabezi hospital with medication.


  • May 8– Nswazi Community Health Outreach (1300 people seen)
  • August – HFM sponsored the two Mtshabezi Hospital doctors to attend the Annual Medical conference at Victoria Falls.
  • HFM continues to support Mtshabezi Hospital with medication and medical supplies.
  • November 17 – HFM participates in Mayezane School 100th Anniversary by providing healthcare to the community during the event. 100 people treated.

Our work of equipping the hospital and providing medication and medical supplies can continue with your help.

Can we count on you?