School Construction

The Malaika School provides a beautiful, environmentally conscious and sustainable learning environment for the girls it supports. New York-based studioMDA, an internationally renowned design firm, designed the beautiful school structure. Encot et Muka, a local contractor, is building the School in phases.

The primary vision for the School is to provide a space which removes barriers to girls’ ability to access a quality education, while also creating a fertile environment for young girls to thrive and develop their leadership.

Tina Buchan visits the Malaika School in 2017

“I had always wanted to give back to the DRC as I have prior experience with the country and recognized that, although it faces many challenges, it is populated by such lovely people. I specifically became involved with Malaika because, upon studying the operation and operators, I was convinced it was a well-run project with a high likelihood of success.

I met the team in the early stages of the Malaika School and very quickly concluded that they were hard-working and determined individuals who were intent on completing this project and ensuring that the students’ lives were enriched and changed forever, through education. It is the goal of my foundation to support a class A project run by class A operators. After visiting Kalebuka in 2017 and seeing the projects firsthand, I am convinced that this is what I found in Malaika.”



The Malaika School design model was created by studioMDA.  All construction is being done by a local construction company, Encot et Muka. See the final plan for the School below.



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View Photos of the Laying of the First Stone




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