Malaika and StreetFootballWorld Aim to Shape The World Through Soccer
Malaika is excited to announce its acceptance as a member of streetfootballworld (sfw) network. The Kalebuka Football for Hope Center joins a network of international organizations from sports institutions to private companies with the highest expertise in the field of “football for good”; those who are using the sport to drive social change. Both Malaika and sfw understand the power of partnerships and the quest to empower disadvantaged youth communities. SFW provides a platform for exchange among members, promotes global communication and participation in local, regional and global events such as its streetfootball Festival which promotes young leaders and brings together the entire network in a multicultural experience to share knowledge and expertise.
This year Festival 16 is being hosted by Sport dans la Ville in Lyons, France from June 28th – July 7th during the official UEFA Euro 2016. Eighty delegations from around the world will unite to celebrate and raise awareness about football’s positive potentials.
We are very excited to join with streetfootballworld and welcome the many opportunities that lay ahead to improve upon the work in sport development that we are undertaking to shape the lives of youth in the DRC.
At the Malaika School, we strive to keep the girls active and maintain our mission year-round; to empower through education, sports and life skills.
We were fortunate to host an array of enthusiastic and knowledgeable guests throughout the summer, including our founder Noella, accompanied by her children, JJ and Cara.
Volunteers at the Kalebuka Football for Hope Center
The Kalebuka Football for Hope Center welcomed representatives from the Chiparamba Breakthrough Sports Academy, Bauleni Sports Academy and the Zambia Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (ZamWILL). The goal was to share strategies and to work together to further empower the women in our communities.
Coaches Across Continents returned for a second summer, to teach 238 local coaches how soccer can be used to enhance social and life skills.
Coaches Across Continents was pleased to start our second year of partnership with Malaika. CAC visits each of our partner communities annually to run a week-long sport for social impact training for the teachers and coaches of the area. This past July, we were thrilled to work with 238 people, over half of whom were women. We had the highest attendance of coaches, as well as female coaches, in the history of our organization. These teachers now have the skills to impact thousands of children in Kalebuka and Lubumbashi.
Brian Suskiewicz, Chief Executive Strategist
Volunteers at the Malaika School
Snap Foundation gives disadvantaged children a voice through their photography, something they wouldn’t normally have access to. In their first project in DRC, Remy Whiting taught our girls photography skills and brought his patience and passion to the students and staff.
This summer, Snap Foundation developed a trial photography teaching program for Malaika, with a view to running volunteer programs in the future. The Snap teaching ideals fell right into place alongside many of those already used at Malaika, like working with visuals to educate and engage the children. Creativity and life skills can be developed through photography in fun and exciting ways, all of which were embraced by the amazing pupils. Snap found the country to be an incredibly interesting place and the pupils and teachers were so eager and excited to learn we know we will be returning!
Remy Whiting, Snap Foundation
Zoe Bere from @theserieslondonbrought a cheery disposition and art supplies to our school in her first volunteering role.
In July I visited the Malaika School to run a summer camp for the primary school girls. Over the two weeks I worked with students covering English, Art, Sport and Drama. Students had opportunities to work individually, in pairs and as groups. They also had a number of opportunities to show case their group work to the class. For example, during a Drama lesson groups of Grade 2 students worked on demonstrating different emotions through their body to which the other groups guessed. These activities enabled students to work together as a team, communicate effectively and build their confidence.
Cherish Bere, The Series London
Another volunteer, Marin, arrived from Paris. He taught math, theater & French at our summer camp.
We were also joined by Belgium teacher Laura Aguado Arguelles, who conducted two weeks of invaluable teacher-training.
Interested in volunteering? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the rest of your summer!