Dikembe Mutombo Discusses His Hospital in Kinshasa with SI.com’s Thomsen

Dikembe Mutombo

In his Weekly Countdown, SI.com’s Ian Thomsen noted that Houston Rockets C Dikembe Mutombo’s “mission extends beyond basketball.”

Mutombo celebrated the first year of the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa on December 7. Mutombo: “We celebrate the first year when the world is crashing. Economically the world is crashing, spiritually the world is crashing. There is war all over the places right now, in Africa, in the Middle East, in Southeast Asia. We have to stay strong, to continue to do God’s work. Otherwise all of these people will perish.”

Mutombo also said that “this year, … the hospital is in need of $2 million to remain open.” Mutombo added, “If 100,000 people will each donate $20 to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, we will have $2 million to give treatment to women and children and the oldest people who are dying every day from malaria. There is a child dying in Africa every 35 seconds. Last year alone more than 2.5 million children died in Africa because of malaria. It costs maybe $10 to treat each person. So imagine when somebody is donating $20, he is already saving the life of a child at the hospital.”

Mutombo: “You might see a problem in Africa and you can say, ‘I am not from Africa, I can not be part of that.’ But you don’t know that if by paying $20 or $30 to that particular organization, that you save the life of two children or three children in that hospital” (Ian Thomsen, SI.com, 1/23). Read the entire article from SI.com

Photo credit: Dikembe Mutombo Foundation