Martha Mutomba has been a volunteer for Munhu since 2008. She joined Munhu after she was inspired by Munhu’s simple model of helping one child at a time.
Martha is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Munhu, including development and implementation of strategic goals, objectives, and plans to meet the foundation’s mission.
She passionately believes in the ancient philosophy of teaching others to fish so they can feed themselves for a lifetime, in contrast to giving them fish to eat for only one day.
Martha initiated Munhu’s community grant program that provides seed money to poor families taking care of orphans. The seed money is used to start income generating projects, such as raising chickens, pigs and rabbits for sale. Starting in 2010 with one project helping four families, Munhu’s community grant program has expanded to a total of 62 projects. Of these, 59 projects support about 130 families and 3 projects are based at schools–run by students and teachers of those schools. Profits generated from these projects benefit orphans living in the communities.
Martha benefited from grants and scholarship programs that allowed her to earn a BSc Honors in Biochemistry from the University of Zimbabwe and a PhD in Biochemistry from Cambridge University, UK. She has worked in academic institutions, including the University of California, San Francisco and The Scripps Research Institute; and for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies including Cengent Therapeutics, Kendle International, Valeant, and Amgen.
Martha is the founder and Chair of the Board of Chengetai Trust, a Zimbabwe-registered charitable organization that assists villagers living in the Murambinda rural areas of Zimbabwe. She currently dedicates her time to volunteering activities with Munhu, Chengetai Trust, and other organizations. She enjoys gardening, reading, and writing.