3D Printed Face Shields

We’re so impressed with Malaika’s STEM team harnessing technology into an immediate and concrete tool during this pandemic. Members of Covid19DRC, a new initiative between our local STEM staff and Dr. Jonathan Mboyo Esole, our special advisor, are using Malaika’s 3D printer to produce an initial 450 face shields.

These will be distributed to local hospitals at no cost, in order to protect doctors, nurses and first responders. Our goal is to reach 1000 masks, so medical workers on the front line have the protection they need. Amazing work and incredible use of technology, team!

Since 2013 the Kalebuka Football for Hope Center, opened in partnership with FIFA, has been hosting both traditional football and football for social impact programs.

Football is a powerful sport that can unite community, foster communication, and personal empowerment. Our social impact programs fuse our love of the sport with our love for education. Together, students and community members learn about pertinent social issues related to child development, women’s empowerment, conflict prevention/conflict resolution, health and wellness and environmental issues.

Through the game, we can educate and encourage conversation around key issues as well as grow as a community.

Last month, Noella travelled to New York to meet with fellow board members Alain Pakabomba and Sanjay Rawal, the US Malaika team, donors and friends to celebrate Malaika’s achievements, having grown from a school of only three classrooms to now educating 346 students. Malaika has also provides clean water to over 30,000 people and over 5,000 youth and adults with vocational and sports programs at our community center.

The day began with a board meeting where we made plans for the coming year while other Malaika team members from Boston, New York, Washington DC, England and the Democratic Republic of the Congo arrived for the event. Later in the day we welcomed guests to an intimate discussion with Noella, Country Manager Sarah Kalumba and moderator June Sarpong MBE. The event reflected on Malaika’s transformative achievements and our goals for the future. Eileen Walmsley, our strategic advisor, welcomed guests and led the introduction, while Megan Faunce, our program manager, highlighted our program. Last but certainly not least, Alain and CFO Adriana Henriquez reviewed our financials. We can’t thank our supporters enough for their commitment to girls’ education and Kalebuka’s rise!

“I had a great week in New York with Sarah, Noella and the entire Malaika team. It was fun catching up with each other and our Malaika supporters. We took advantage of all being in the same place to get even more work done and make plans for ensuring Malaika continues to provide support to the girls and community of Kalebuka for years to come.”

Megan Faunce

October 5 is World Teachers Day, and this year the focus is on the future of this essential profession.

At Malaika, we love that many of our girls aspire to be teachers – some already are as they go home at the end of their school day and teach their friends to read. The high quality education provided by our exceptional teachers are empowering these Congolese girls to be future leaders, educating others and instigating change. Thank you to all the teachers at Malaika school!

We are endlessly grateful to Barry Segal and all the other leaders and changemakers at Segal Family Foundation for their continued support of Malaika. SFF supplies local leaders with the tools they need to provide opportunity for change and community development in rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Learn more about this amazing team and the change they’re effecting with more than 200 organizations in this new video-we feel very privileged to have Noella featured in this video for the Barry Segal legacy. Thank you!

Malaika is celebrating women across the world today for Women’s Equality Day.
This day commemorates the 26th of August 1920, when votes to women officially became part of the US constitution. This day marks a turning point in history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.