Introducing Francine Yumba Kazadi

Hi, I’m Francine. I have four brothers and sisters, and they all work. My dad lives in Kinashasa and my mom works at the market selling tomatoes, nuts, onions, and chili.

Every morning, I wake up at 6AM. My mom gets warm water for me so that I can bathe. Then I put on my uniform and walk to school.

I always look forward to playing with my friends when I get to school. My best friend is Fazili. When our teacher arrives, I grab my bag and go have breakfast with my friends. Then class begins, where I write and study.

At 3PM, I walk back home. I change out of my uniform and throw on my home clothes so that I can go play until it’s time for dinner. After I eat, I go to bed. My mother encourages me to do well in school before I fall asleep in her bed.

On Sundays, we go to church, and my mom cooks with my sister, and then we all wash the dishes.

Francine Yumba Kazadi

Thank you for reading Francine’s story. Her time at the Malaika School has been filled with incredible growth and we are proud to have her as one of our best students. Francine and her 252 sisters at the Malaika School are extremely thankful for the opportunity to receive an education, something that would not be possible without generous donations.

Over the next few weeks, we will share the stories of other girls and how they are empowered by education.