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The J.f. Kapnek Trust - Zimbabwe Charity Profile
Born in Russia in 1886, James F. Kapnek migrated to the United States while still very young. In 1905, he joined National Cash Register and went to Africa as the company's representative. At just 19 years of age, he grasped the potential of Africa and decided to settle in what was then Rhodesia.
While in Southern Africa, Kapnek evolved as an inventor, pioneer, and entrepreneur. He produced the means for widespread elimination of Texas Fever in cattle, promoted water conservation projects, and even took a turn as the largest tobacco grower in Africa. His efforts greatly profited this largely agricultural region. He also constructed flour mills and prospected in gold, copper, and diamond mining. His success as a financier and business developer made him a wealthy man. However, amassing riches was not his ultimate goal.
Kapnek wished to give back to the country that had provided so much for him. He and his wife, Pita, contributed to many causes; their significant financial investment established what is now the University of Zimbabwe, the first Central/ Southern African institution of higher learning to admit both native and European-born Africans.
The Kapneks were honored for their generosity on behalf of education. The biology wing at the University of Zimbabwe was dedicated to them and still bears the Kapnek name. Queen Elizabeth II recognized Kapnek, as well, by conferring on him status as Commander of the British Empire (CBE) during her visit to then Rhodesia to lay the head stone for the University.
Visits to the United States enabled Kapnek to develop friendships in the medical community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was there that he met Dr. Jacob Gershon-Cohen, who was instrumental in developing mammography. These friendships impressed upon Kapnek the importance of medical research.
When he died in 1966, Kapnek willed the majority of his fortune to a trust for education and medical research. He left the J.F. Kapnek Trust in the hands of family members and friends from the medical community.
The J.f. Kapnek Trust - Zimbabwe Donation Information
Your donation will help us meet the critical need for supplies, training and essential medicines as we prepare to broaden the Mother to Child HIV Transmission Prevention Project to include clinics and hospitals throughout Zimbabwe. Given that US$25 will pay for 1 year of primary education for a child in Zimbabwe, US$50 pays for 1 year0. of preschool, including a daily hot meal, and US$75 changes the life of a newborn who would have otherwise been born HIV positive, your donation will have a significant impactUS$100 allows for the upper-level education necessary for a young woman to prepare for a career in medicine. Your donation will not only help her, but all those who will benefit from her medical training.
Less than 5% of each donated dollar goes to administrative costs. Your donation is tax deductible. We are a 501 (c) 3 public charity.
The J.f. Kapnek Trust - Zimbabwe
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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - The hospital, which treats children with HIV and AIDS, is being renovated with help from the JF Kapnek Trust, a Zimbabwe charity with an office in the East Bay. Sixth-grader Devon Diller and other students in a global citizenship class mobilized the ...