And the Winner Is…

Literacy plays a huge role in Malaika’s work with all members of the community, from mothers to daughters and fathers to sons. That’s why we were so deeply honored and proud to win the World Literacy Foundation’s award for significant contribution to literacy by an organization at the World Literacy Awards!

We strive to educate our community in order to empower them to pursue their own dreams and write their own lives, and it is incredible to be recognized for our work in Kalebuka.

According to Andrew Kay, CEO of the World Literacy Foundation, “The World Literacy Awards put a spotlight on people and organizations who are doing exemplary and innovative work in the
literacy sector.”

“The pandemic has caused serious disruption in the lives of children learning to read and write, particularly those from low-income homes with limited access to books, education resources
and online learning tools. Malaika’s exemplary work in changing the lives of thousands of young people, mainly girls, through education, skills and improved living conditions is awe-inspiring. The judges were taken aback by the achievements and contributions to literacy by this organization,” he said.

Noella, who has devoted her time to growing Malaika with her team for nearly 15 years, was overcome with tears of joy when Malaika’s name was announced and she accepted the award.

“I feel humbled, emotional and proud to say that Malaika has received the 2021 World Literacy Awards. Over the past 14 years, Malaika has grown into a fully-fledged ecosystem that brings education, healthcare, and clean water to an entire community in the Congo. I believe every child should be able to access an education, and that’s why it’s such an honor to receive this prestigious award,” she said.

We know the importance of literacy and education in general, and we’re looking ahead to the learning that is still to come.