MALAIKA IS TURNING 10!

Join us for an evening celebrating our work, our girls, and our community.

SAVE THE DATE
May 17, 2017
New York City

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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

– African proverb

Fueling a generation of change-agents

The mission of Malaika (formally known as the Georges Malaika Foundation) is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education. Based in New York, the non-profit operates in Kalebuka, in the Southeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An educated girl will increase her future earnings by approximately 10-20% for each additional year of schooling and will reinvest most of it back into her family and community. These are key factors in a nation’s socioeconomic development and yet girls still face immense obstacles in obtaining an education in the DRC. At Malaika, we mobilize resources so that these girls can receive the best schooling possible, providing them with greater choices, opportunities and the capacity to make informed decisions. Our goal is to build the leadership capacity of each individual student so that she gives back to her community and has a positive, long-term impact on the future of the DRC. In essence, we are fueling a generation of change-agents. At the same time, we impact the surrounding community through recreational and life skills programming for adults and children, as well as essential infrastructure development.

Our work takes three distinct paths:

Changing lives through education

Built in 2011, the Malaika School is a free, accredited school that is providing a quality education to 252 girls in the village of Kalebuka, located in Southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The holistic curriculum includes classes in English and French, math, science, health and civic education, as well as art, music and theater programs. Students receive two healthy meals a day and participate in sports activities twice a week.

Transforming community

In 2013, we partnered with FIFA to build the Kalebuka Football for Hope Center, a community center that offers education, health, entrepreneurship and sport programs to youth and adults in the village. The center serves as a hub for the community, uniting families while providing information, support and a positive outlet through fitness.

Providing life-saving, clean water

Malaika also works to bolster the infrastructure of the community surrounding the School. We have built seven fresh water wells as part of a collaborative effort with the Voss Foundation and the Vinmart Foundation and are now providing clean water to more than 14,000 people, greatly reducing disease rates and improving hygiene.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Providing girls with an education helps break the cycle of poverty. An educated woman marries later, has healthier children and is less likely to die in childbirth. She is less vulnerable to diseases like HIV/AIDS. Educating girls has positive benefits in all sectors of society. The World Bank has even posited that educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment.

Watch our story

“Malaika has changed the way I dream – I used to have small ideas of what my life could be like, but now I want to travel the world and experience everything.”

– Rose Muswamba, Grade 5A

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