From Kalebuka to New York City

The DRC delegation took New York by storm. When they weren’t wowing Malaika supporters, they were experiencing everything the city that never sleeps has to offer. Jet lag had nothing on our 6 visitors as they visited the Statue of Liberty, the One World Trade Center, and the many other incredible sights New York provides.

The team was perhaps most excited to do something most people don’t have on their “Top 10 list of things to do in the Big Apple” – go to school. That’s right, our delegation jumped right back into school at the esteemed Lycée Français. There, they shadowed classes and spoke with the teachers about education techniques. The staff and students felt so enriched upon leaving and were eager to take their ideas and experiences back to the Congo.

They filled the rest of their trip with a visit to the Bronx Zoo, a showing of the amazing musical The Lion King, and of course pampering from our Malaika team and our incredible donors. As the delegation said goodbye to the concrete jungle, Headmaster Sylvain stayed behind to shadow another two schools in Washington, DC with the intention of soaking up as much knowledge as he could to take back and enrich the Malaika School.

Although the trip has ended and the girls have returned to take their exams and finish the school year off strong, we are so happy they were able to come all this way to be with us on our special day. This milestone, 10 years of Malaika, is truly something to be celebrated. There are 252 bright, smiling faces, in the Congo right now, being educated, cared for, and most importantly, empowered.