"A specialized, dedicated children’s hospital will be a credible demonstration of the commitment of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront. Nothing less would be enough."

Mr. Mandela's Legacy

The partnering of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust and The Legacy of Hope Foundation was expressly formed to aid in the creation and awareness of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital. The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, groundbreaking is slated, 2015. The chosen site is at the Wits College of Education campus in Parktown adjacent to the Wits Medical School and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

The backbone of this campaign is based on the commitment and values of Mr. Nelson Mandela and our goal is to bring his dream of free and accessible healthcare for the children of Southern Africa to reality. In 2014, there will be a simulcast broadcast concert in the USA and South Africa which will bring forth the faces of Mr. Mandela's legacy and help to build a support and donor base for this much needed medical facility. This concert and campaign, with cerebral focus, centers on telling Mr. Mandela's story, as to create a credible and cogent footprint for the hospital's future donor/support base.

To support The Legacy of Hope Foundation, text 'Mandela' to 50555

This is a wonderful gesture of Madiba and the fund established by him for the specific benefit of the most vulnerable in society, our children.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

The Hospital

This much needed facility will address the fact that there are only FOUR dedicated children’s hospitals currently serving the ENTIRE continent of Africa.

A crucially needed pediatric hospital in South Africa is long overdue. The hospital will celebrate the legacy of Mr. Mandela and his love of children while advancing Mr. Mandela’s vision to future generations. This hospital, through its training and research will build human capacity and spread the ethos, values and approach of Mr. Mandela and entrench his values and culture throughout the world. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will also be a turning point on how the world views under-served children by providing specialized pediatric care to all children, regardless of their inability to pay.

To give you an idea of the imbalance, there are 14 pediatric hospitals serving California alone. As a result of this reality, many South African children simply wander ignored in their attempt to heal or survive and if these children do receive healthcare, they are thrown into comprehensive facilities that lack staff, medicine, equipment and critical pediatric expertise. In these facilities, children are unfortunately viewed as ‘little adults’ where the old and young suffer and heal, side-by-side.

Statistics show that South Africa ranks 145th out of 197 countries in combating infant mortality, with an average of 56.62 deaths out of 1,000 births in the last four years.

Ten years ago, Nelson Mandela enriched his living legacy by unfolding his dream of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. A key figure in this dream is a person who literally stood next to Mr. Mandela as they consoled her son, Lindo, who died at the age of 5 from third degree burns. Sibongile ‘Bongi’ Mkhabela left the hospital without her son, but walked away with a shared vision by Nelson Mandela.

"We suddenly saw the world of sick children and it was not kind, thoughtful or childlike - it needed change," explains Ms. Mkhabela. "Nelson Mandela has been a symbol of hope in my life. I consider it an honor to be a part of this event to further his legacy and bring aid to children in need."

The shared knowledge of the realities of being incarcerated for protesting apartheid and thus for fighting for what you believe in, Mandela appointed Bongi Mkhabela CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Trust. Since that time Mkhabela has directed the hospital’s feasibility stage, verification phase and with your help, the construction phase of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

To support The Legacy of Hope Foundation, text 'Mandela' to 50555

The Concert


WHEN: December 13th, 2014

WHY: To support the creation of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

To support The Legacy of Hope Foundation, text 'Mandela' to 50555

Board Of Directors

Eric M. Gast

CEO/Executive Producer

Jennifer Trubenbach


Sibongile Mkhabela

CEO of the NMCH Trust


Honorary Committee Board

Dr. Maya Angelou
Ruby Bridges
Christy Turlington Burns
Ed Burns
Viola Davis
Dame Judi Dench
Arun Gandhi
Whoopi Goldberg
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Katherine Heigl
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Ashley Judd
Nicole Kidman
Larry King
Sir Ben Kingsley
Salma Hayek Pinault
Natalie Portman
Susan Sarandon
Octavia Spencer
Charlize Theron
Ben Vereen
Barbara Walters
Elie and Marion Wiesel

NMCH Patrons

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Malawian President, Dr. Joyce Banda

NMCH Trust Leadership

Graça Machel
Sbongile Mkhabela
Joe Seoloane
Tito Mboweni
HRH Princess Zenani Dlamini
Dr. Tiny Mhinga
Nana Magomola
Charles Priebatsch
Irene Menell
Ishmael Mkhabela
Shirley Mabusela
Prof. Loyiso Nongxa
Moss Ngoashena


Botlhale Boikanyo

Youth Ambassador

Susan Gossage


Nana Magomola

Cultural Attaché


Eric M. Gast

Executive Producer/Producer

Michael Lang

Executive Producer/CEO Woodstock

Jennifer Trubenbach

Line Producer/Associate Producer

Fran Le Chat

Lead Consulting Producer/CSA/America
Celebrity Services Africa

Lenore Blumer

Associate Producer

Nina Bueti

Coordinating Producer/Artist Relations

Michael Abend

Consulting Producer

Marc Le Chat

CEO: Communications Services America
Celebrity Services Africa

Brannon Phillips

Director: Communications Services America
Celebrity Services Africa

Davin Phillips

Director: Communications Services America
Celebrity Services Africa

Jaren Phillips

CFO: Communications Services America
Celebrity Services Africa

Camilla Gray

Personal Assistant to Mr. Gast

Erza Jerome


Ziad Khan


Mari Mora


David Stern


Kumar Kalantri

Coordinating Producer


Musical Directors


Musical Content Director

Richard Fortus

Lead Music Director

Ronan Coleman

Music Director

Tamas Mester

Musical Consultant


Film Production

Paul Boyd

Lead Director

Ray Pagnucco

1st Camera

Ross Fenter

Consulting Producer

Rob Swain




Katarina Benzova


Jason Florio




Akamai Technologies
Bespin Holdings, Inc.
CAA (Creative Artist Agency), Los Angeles
Celebrity Services Africa
Internet Media Labs NY, OneQube/SeeSaw
Martina Fuchs, CEO Real Medicine Foundation
Kirkland Ellis LLP, NY - Legal
Langdon Wilson International, LA
The Legacy of Hope Honorary Board
Nocturne, PRG
Woodstock, Inc.


Phil de Picciotto

Founder/President Octagon
Sponsorship Advisor


Friends of the Foundation

Jacqueline Beaudette

Sherry Voigt

Sandra Erickson


Legal Team

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Pro Bono, New York

Chris Greco

Lead Counsel, Partner K&E LLP

Jonathan S. Henes


Eunu Chun


Shawn O’Hargan


Seth Traxler


Melissa Gauger


Mathew S. Lovell


Douglas B. Sayranian

Law Clerk

Vincent Thorn


Anthony LoPresti

Legal Advisor to Mr. Gast


Digital Production / Internet Streaming

Mat Rhoades

CEO/Partner, Bespin Holdings

Sebastian Schepis

CTO/Partner, Bespin Holdings

Steven Sterling

Creative Director/Partner
Bespin Holdings

Heidi Schepis

Project Coordinator

Lewis Richardson

Software Engineer

Jennifer Wojcik

SVP Partnership Development


South Africa

Nelson Mandela Children’s
Hospital Trust


Graça Machel

Chair of the NMCH Hospital Trust

Pat Van der Merwe

NMCH Trust Manager

Vuyo Lutseke

Media & Communications Officer
NMCH Trust

South African Embassy


Gaby Magomola

Music Consultant

Czerina Patel

Press Consultant


Contact Us

Legacy of Hope Foundation

399 W. Broadway Suite 2A

New York, New York 10012


(949) 463 1795