About MMH Hope
Mama Makeka House of Hope (MMH Hope) is a Nonprofit Organization established in memory of Mama Makeka Rebecca, who died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to inadequate health care services. The goals of Mama Makeka House of Hope are to promote and support initiatives related to health, education, and community empowerment for underserved communities, primarily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central San Joaquin Valley of California.
- In Education, we equipped two girls’ schools in Congo with sewing mach ine and supplies, coordinated an international consultation on education for Congolese Mennonite churches that co-managed several hundred primary and secondary schools with a student population of more than 80,000, and we continue to facilitate the provision of university scholarships to 25 students per year in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- In Health Care we provided medicine and medical supplies to a rural hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo that serves more than 150,000 people.
- In Community Development we built homes for orphans and their host families, and provided supplies for one child and family support network in Zimbabwe.
- In Peacebuilding we partner and provide financial support to the Kinshasa Center for Peacebuilding, Leadership, and Good Governance.
In Professional Resourcing we believe that a person is only a person through other persons, to draw on South African Bishop Desmond Tutu’s characterizations of ubtuntu, so a professional is only a professional through other professionals. Consequently, we continue to facilitate annual exchanges of health professionals with one health district in Congo. One of the exchanges carried out in a different health district dealt with training of local doctors on dealing with medical consequences of sexual violence.
Furthermore, a current priority is to establish an International Center for Professional Resourcing in Kinshasa where teachers, doctors, nurses, community development workers, peacebuilding agents, school administrators and professional students will have access to a best library in the region, internet, and a retreat center for short-term seminars, courses and professional renewal.
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Throughout her life Mama Makeka Rebecca believed that “there is always room for one more.” Therefore, as a nonprofit organization, Mama Makeka House of Hope envisions bringing the same sense of hospitality, nurture, deep faith, empowerment, and hope to individuals suffering from the consequences of all forms of violence and conflict and those without access to the most basic education and health services.
12 November 2009