Dr Laizah Gondo-Mutinhidzo’s father died when she was three. Born in the Buhera District, her mother and brothers looked after her so that she could receive an education. After completing her advanced schooling at Mutare Girls’ High School, she studied medicine in the Ukraine.
“I decided to become a doctor because I have a love for all people, especially children,” said Dr Gondo-Mutinhidzo. “I know that the opportunity to help people in Zimbabwe comes from God. My profession is a blessing and I am so thankful that I can serve God in this way.”
A single parent with one child, Dr Gondo-Mutinhidzo also looks after seven of her nieces and nephews and cares for her elderly mother. She is very active at Dangamvura Corps (church) and serves as the associate treasurer of their women’s group. She is also a member of the medical fellowship.
Dr Gondo-Mutinhidzo’s involvement with The Salvation Army began when she was invited to be a guest at an Army event. She met the church pastor, Major E. Nyeramhuka, and was invited to attend the church. She later became a member and has been a great support to the Army’s work.
“My faith is crucial to my work as a doctor,” she says. “I need to rely on God’s grace every day.”
In the midst of incredible challenges, this doctor knows that she can continually seek God’s guidance and direction in her life.
“Since coming to The Salvation Army,” says Dr Gondo-Mutinhidzo, “everything in my life has changed for the better.