New Beginning Program

Malaika’s first, and on-going project is New Beginning, a sponsorship program which supports a group of abandoned and orphaned girls in Lubumbashi, DRC. Malaika finances the girls’ school expenses and living expenses. The girls are housed at Maison Magone, a foster home near Kalebuka.

Maison Magone is run by Madame Helene. Her first job with children was caring for orphans when their foster mother was on holiday. She found that once she had started caring for the children she could not stop. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the care of others, eventually setting up her own children’s home, Magone. Helene’s priority is to reunite children with the families that gave them up due to a dispute or poverty. When a child leaves Helene’s care she keeps in regular contact, ensuring that they always have a friend to confide in as they grow up, leave school, marry and start new families of their own.

Deborah

Dorcas Mujinga wa Banza (Deborah), better known as The Survivor of Kasala, is one of the many victims of the war that has plagued the DRC since 1998. As a child, her village was attacked and set on fire. Though burned badly, miraculously Deborah survived, however her family did not.

After meeting Deborah in April, 2008, in Lubumbashi, and being touched by her story, Malaika decided to assist Deborah in completing her technical training. Deborah is thriving beautifully at school, where she is learning how to be a seamstress.

Age:     26
Education:     1st year at IZAM University, commencing September 2015
School Grades:     2015: pending    |    2014: 51%    |    2013: 51.4%     |     2012: 50%    |     2011: 75.8%    |    2010: 51%

Johanne

Johanne Salima is the eldest of two children in a family that was abandoned by their father. Their loving mother was unable to make ends meet and was forced to stop Johanne’s education. Malaika stepped up to sponsor Johanne, so she would not have to let go of her studies.

Age:     17
Education:     5th year (Secondary) at Source du Savoir
School Grades:     2014: 56.9%    |     2013: 50.3%    |     2012: 69.7%    |     2011: 59.7%

Yowa

After the death of Yowa Kaba’s mother, who passed away during childbirth, she was sent to live with her father’s cousin, who managed to look after Kaba, as well as her twin brother, until she was 3 years old. Subsequently, Kaba and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother, who did not have the means to support either one of them. Both fled their grandmother’s home to live on the streets. Kaba found her way to Maison Magone, and her brother is in a neighboring orphanage called Bakandja Center.

Age:     15
Education:     1st year (secondary school) at C.P. Sacre Coeur
School Grades:     2015: 56.9%    |     2014: 58%    |     2013: 59%    |     2012: 68%    |     2011: 73%    |     2010: 67.7%

Joelle

Family members cared for Joelle Ngoy Katombe after the death of her mother, however over time they found themselves unable to afford her care. She was ousted from their home and forced to live on the streets.

Maison Magone is in constant contact with Joelle’s father, who loves his daughter deeply, but simply cannot afford to look after her. Joelle recently lost a brother due to the family’s economic instability.

Age:     15
Education:     1st year (Secondary) at A. Daniel Complex
School Grades:     2014: 51%    |     2013: 61%    |     2012: 57.3%    |     2011: 66.3%    |     2010: 53.3%

Gracia

Gracia Mutamu’s parents are extremely poor, so they asked Malaika to sponsor Gracia. Gracia was working in the mines before she came to live at Magone.

Age:     13
School:     5th Year Elementary at E.P. St. Augustin
School Grades:     2015: 53%    |     2014: 53%    |     2013: 55%    |     2012: 60.3%

Zaina

Zaina Blandine Ngoie is another young girl who has fallen victim to ludicrous accusations of sorcery. She has never met her father and her mother abandoned her following the accusations of witchcraft.

Age:     19
Education:     6th year (commercial) at Lycée Twendelee
School Grades:     2015: 55.1%    |     2014: 61.5%    |     2013: 65%    |     2012: 53%    |     2011: 75.2%    |     2010: 77.2%

Joelle

Joelle Mbuyi Masengo’s childhood was filled with suffering, losing her mother at an early age and then being accused of sorcery. Due to the accusation of sorcery, Joelle was renounced by her maternal family, causing Joelle and her twin sister to seek refuge with her father’s family.  The two little girls were not fed by their family, and Joelle’s sister died from malnutrition.  With no family left on which to rely, Joelle ending up living on the streets until caring Christians from the Sainte Bernadette parish helped and fed her, eventually guiding Joelle to the Katimel House where she was able to make a fresh start.

With the caring and loving help available at Katimel House, she began to feel better and to appreciate the world around her.  Although she was older, she began school starting with Kindergarten among the younger children.  Joelle soon discovered a natural talent for tailoring, and she began vocational training while she continued to blossom into a young lady. With the kindness and caring from all the people at Katimel House, Joelle is now in her third and last year of vocational studies, and if she passes her final, she will be on the road to her final school year.  The Katimel House expresses its gratitude for all the help received from all the wonderful donors, helping them to help young girls like Joelle make a better life for themselves.

Age:     18
Education:     3rd year (secondary) at Centre Serafina
School Grades:     2015: 54.6%    |     2014: 67%    |     2013: 73%    |     2012: –    |     2011: 56.2%    |     2010: 72.9%

Bajika

False allegations of sorcery turned Bajuka Arlette Tshitenge’s family against her and eventually forced her onto the streets. Amazing efforts by Maman Helene have been made to reunite Bajika with her family, and thankfully they have been reunited.

Bajika took a break from her studies when she was in an accident.

Age:     17
Education:     4th year (secondary school) at Complex Scolaire La Victoire
School Grades:     2015: 55.7%    |     2014: –    |     2013: 55.2%    |     2012: 61.4%    |     2011: 68%

Success Story: Pauline

Pauline Nyembo Mwapiana was forced to live on the streets after her parents’ divorce put the family into poverty.

Malaika supported her for five years until she completed her education, and she is now working.

Age: 17
School Grades: 2013: 54%    |     2010: 48.4%    |     2009: 54%

Success Story: Rehema

Rehema Kisimba was raised by her grandmother after the death of her mother. When her grandmother could no longer afford to care for her, Malaika placed Rehema at Maison Magone.

Fortunately, after five years at Maison Magone, Rehema was able to live with an aunt, and she no longer needs our support.

Age: 19
Education: 3rd year (Prof) at Centre Deborah
School Grades: 2014: 52%    |     2012: 50%    |     2011: 49.2%    |     2010: 61.3%    |     2009: 62.4%

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