“If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”    – African proverb

Fueling a generation of change-agents

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

An educated woman will earn up to 25% more and will reinvest 90% of her income in 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 202 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.

Providing life-saving, clean water

Malaika also works to bolster the infrastructure of the community surrounding the School.  We have built five fresh water wells as part of a collaborative effort with the Voss Foundation and the Vinmart Foundation and are now providing clean drinking water to more than 10,000 people, greatly reducing disease rates and improving hygiene.

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.

“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. Educated women are less likely to marry early or to die in childbirth, and they are less vulnerable to diseases like HIV/AIDS. They also increase their income by 25%  and reinvest 90% of it into their families and communities.

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“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 3B

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