On Saturday, July 13, 2019 Dikembe and Rose Mutombo flew from Kinshasa to the city of Mbuji Mayi which is located in the Kasai-Oriental Province. Mbuji Mayi is the third largest city in the DR Congo, but despite its large population, the city remains remote, having little connection to surrounding provinces. Dikembe paid respect to his ancestors when he arrived in the ancestral city of his late parents Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo where he plans to build a new school. Dikembe and Rose were warmly received by the Honorable Jean Maweja Muteba, Governor of Kasai-Oriental. Hundreds of residents greeted them as the walked through the city. Later they were taken to site for the proposed Samuel Mutombo Institute of Science. Before his retirement, Samuel Mutombo was an educator and a devoted school superintendent.
July 2019 –Dr. Helena Ndume is a Namibian ophthalmologist who is internationally renowned for her humanitarian work. To date she has performed sight-restoring surgeries upon 35,000 Namibians.
Over the course of five days Dr. Ndume along with her eye surgery team performed 178 cataract removal surgeries at the Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital.
(1st photo) July 2019 – Dikembe Mutombo shares a laugh with the post-cataract surgery patients.
July 2019 – The annual medical mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place from July 6th to July 16th. Dikembe and Rose Mutombo were joined by Dr. Helena Ndume and Mr. Coco Kanda at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital.
On Thursday, July 11, 2019 the U.S. Ambassador to the DRC, Michael Hammer and his wife Margret Bjorgulfdottir hosted a reception in honor of Dikembe and Rose Mutombo at their private residence in the capital city of Kinshasa. The entire Dikembe Mutombo Foundation delegation attended the event.