Meet Bongani Khumalo

‘I aim to captain the boat and to make sure it keeps floating’

‘I aim to captain the boat and to make sure it keeps floating’

Bongani Khumalo
Cabrini Ministries
Director, Healthcare Department

Bongani Khunalo is an independent self-starter who graduated with a diploma in nursing from the Mpilo Nursing Training College in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. His passion for nursing came from the desire to want to give back to his community; he knew that there was so much he could do for his people. Today, Bongani is the Director of what is arguably one of Cabrini’s busiest and most impactful departments. Having joined the organization as a regular nurse, Bongani serves as a concrete example of how far one can go to improve oneself.

Within his department, he manages and creates policies that have to do with the healthcare piece of Cabrini. One of Bongani’s mantra’s for life is: ‘Just do good’. ‘When you see an old man, and he thanks you so much, you know that his gratitude is coming from the bottom of his heart’ says Bongani ‘There’s no greater feeling than that, so I believe in just doing good because I can, why shouldn’t I?’ Bongani has indeed done well for his community and his department. He prides himself with the work he’s done to transform his department from a poorly coordinated façade into a well-oiled machine that delivers. Once a group of over 20 people would come in displaying only positive results, today, in a group of only over 20 people only one person might display positive results. This serves as a testament to Bongani’s leadership ethic and the immeasurable work that his team has done in St Philips.

Being at Cabrini has helped Bongani to improve his interactions with the St Philips community. When he sees that some of his clients are still alive despite having previously stared death in the face, he knows that he and his team have done their job well. He enjoys working with his team, and he admits that because of their hard work and determination, he is where he is today. His desire is to see his colleagues move up professionally and gain more qualifications and experience.

An ambassador for personal development, Bongani is currently pursuing a degree in development and management from the University of South Africa. He hopes to use his qualifications to further connect with his community, to climb up the professional ladder and to one day lead an international organization. His hope for Cabrini is that it continues to grow and be an international player that serves as a role model for excellence in service delivery.

After work, Bongani can be found playing soccer with his colleagues around the St Philips mission.

TB Awareness Campaign

Cabrini’s New Tents on Display Before Use

On June 13th Cabrini Ministries, together with the National TB Control Program, held its first major TB Awareness Campaign in the town of Siphofaneni. That being said, the campaign also addressed issues of gender and sexual violence. To gain the attention of the public the Healthcare team together with members of the community marched around the town while being serenaded by the beautiful sounds of the Royal Swazi Police Band. Thankfully, through the efforts of the Healthcare team; the event was a huge success with over 730 people in attendance and over 132 people being screened for TB.

The crowd was kept entertained by the talents a local Swazi-Tradition Danced Group, a local DJ and youth drama group just to name a few. Also in attendance was a prominent member of parliament and the Chief of the area; both of whom gave outstanding speeches. What’s a party without food and gifts right? Hence, everyone who attended the event was given food to eat and t-shirt to go home with. What a success for Cabrini!

 

 

Meet Simo Mamba

‘Education can change the world, so we should help our children without delay because delaying will destroy their future’

Simo Mamba
Cabrini Ministries
Director, Education Department

Simo Mamba joined Cabrini Ministries as a Math and Science tutor in 2006. He is passionate about education and his belief that education can change the world led him to work as a secretary for a youth group that educated his local community of St Philips about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. His desire to improve the lives of the youth in his community led him to Manzini, where attended the William Pitcher School of Teaching, where he graduated with a diploma in teaching math and science.

As an advocate for equal education, he believes that all people should be able to access the same opportunities. ‘I preach the gospel that people should be educated’ says Simo ‘When you look out, you can see that there is no place for those who are not educated, everyone should be able to read and write’. This zealous spirit lead Simo and his team to develop the Cabrini Arithmetic and Reading Enhancement (CARE), an after school program which assists the children at the hostel with their math and English literacy skills. In addition to CARE, Simo takes pride in his contribution to strengthening the evening study program for the hostel children; through his contribution the children now receive individualized attention from tutors and they are able to get help with whatever they are struggling with. His goal for the following year is to ensure that at least 70% of Cabrini’s students are able to pass into another grade, and he will ensure that all tutors are equipped with the right resources to make this dream possible.

Growing up, Simo looked up to leaders like the late Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Nelson Mandela of South Africa and United States civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King. These leaders inspired Simo, and today he considers himself to be a community leader. He accredits Cabrini with enabling him to change his mindset into a more ‘solutions oriented’ mindset and he is very grateful that through Cabrini he has been able to better understand the needs of his community. Consequently, he wishes that the government could increase the pensioners fund and roll it out on a monthly basis as opposed to every three months. Simo admires the government’s efforts to provide free primary school education but he says if he was prime-minister he would first make sure that the basic needs of school going children such as food, housing and health are taken care of.

As the director if his department, Simo has confidence in diversity as a form of conflict resolution. He believes that whenever a problem arises the entire team should sit down and discusses the root cause of whatever issue is at hand. In addition to this, once a solution has been formulated other departments should be consulted for feedback on their solution, ‘this ensures the reliability of the solution’ he says.

When he’s not at work, Simo enjoys gardening spinach, his favorite vegetable, and he enjoys watching his favorite football teams the Mbabane Swallows and Barcelona.