Joelle’s Testimony


I was born in Likasi, outside of Lubumbashi, on February 19, 1999 to my father, Kabangala, and mother, Kalenga. When I was three, my father passed away and my life was forever changed. I came to know about Malaika’s Community Center through my aunt, who herself is learning how to read and write there. I feel more fulfilled than ever before and see how the programs at the Center have changed my daily life. I didn’t know how to read and write well before, and now not only can I read and write in French, but I’m also learning English and gaining computer skills. I believe that one day I will be able to engage more with my community and have more of a role in my village, my country and even worldwide. I very much enjoy playing football as well, it is where I feel most confident, and am very thankful to Malaika for everything they’ve given me.