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by Georges Malaika Foundation Incorporated
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Sponsor the education of 29 girls in the DRC
Malaika School in Kalebuka. Photo by Nisian Hughes
Malaika School in Kalebuka. Photo by Nisian Hughes

We have bid farewell to a busy but fruitful second trimester. It was an eventful season as the girls voted for the new Student Council and their family members selected their representatives for the Parents’ Committee.

This is an important year for me because I promised my mother I’d make her proud and do well in my studies. I’m also a flutist, so I have to practice a lot to achieve my goals. There’s no time to lose!

Alphonsine, Grade 5B

This year, we have placed a special emphasis on health, doing all we can to ensure our girls have both strong bodies and minds. We’ve held assemblies on the importance of basic hygiene in preventing the spread of disease. In particular, the girls have learned how the simple act of washing one’s hands can dramatically decrease rates of infection.

Our girls are not simply our students: they are family. As such, our staff has always considered their health and wellbeing—both inside and outside the classroom—to be of the utmost importance. When Rosa, a student in Grade 6, recently took ill with symptoms of appendicitis, our staff rallied around Rosa and her family. Dr. Franck, head of Malaika’s health program, quickly diagnosed Rosa’s urgent condition. Headmaster Sylvain escorted her to the hospital and oversaw her successful surgery and subsequent recovery. Malaika also offered to cover all of Rosa’s medical expenses. This is particularly significant because at the time of her illness, Rosa’s parents (father Jacques is head of the Parents’ Committee) were already caring for two other sick children, one of whom passed away tragically. Rosa’s story is a perfect example of Malaika’s steadfast commitment to caring for both the minds and the bodies of its students. It also highlights the immense need for safe, reliable health care in Kalebuka and why one of our top priorities is the construction of an infirmary at the School.

Your donations have a direct impact on the lives of these 252 girls, as they allow us to offer a quality health program that will ensure they grow up to be strong women who will be the leaders of their generation. Thank you for joining in this mission to empower Congolese girls and their communities!

Alphonsine, our flutist in Grade 5B
Alphonsine, our flutist in Grade 5B
Learning about handwashing
Learning about handwashing
Malaika girls having fun. Photo by Nisian Hughes
Malaika girls having fun. Photo by Nisian Hughes

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Our 252 girls
Our 252 girls

The first semester of the 2016-17 school year has just finished and our girls are taking a much-deserved break. They worked very hard this term and we are so proud of everything they have achieved. 

At the Malaika School, we schedule regular field trips so that our girls are exposed to different environments and activities. This is part of our philosophy of cultivating the leadership potential of each student so she is empowered to give back to her community and has a positive, long-term impact on the future of the DRC.

Our new class of 25 Kindergarten students had their very first outing when they visited the Rafiki School in neighboring Lubumbashi. This was an exciting opportunity for the young girls to leave their everyday lives behind and to see how other Congolese students live and study. At first our girls were timid; however, they soon realized that despite living in a big city, the other students were just like them, and they all started playing together.

As a special treat, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 recently took a trip to PopUp Cinema, a nearby movie theater. Our girls were given the full cinematic experience, which included popcorn and soft drinks, and they had a wonderful time watching a children’s movie.

As 2016 draws to a close, we at Malaika reflect back on what has been an eventful year marked by much achievement and growth. Our warmest appreciations go out to everyone who helped our girls over the past twelve months and the previous nine years.

On behalf of our 252 girls, as well as the entire Kalebuka community, we wish you a joyful and restive holiday season!

A Malaika Student
A Malaika Student
Playing at the Rafiki School
Playing at the Rafiki School
Students at the Cinema
Students at the Cinema
Happy Holidays from Malaika!
Happy Holidays from Malaika!

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New solar panels at the Malaika School
New solar panels at the Malaika School

We are happy to be able to provide you with some great updates from the Malaika projects in Kalebuka, DRC. We have been very busy recently as we just inaugurated the Malaika School library! The e-library is the first of its kind in Kalebuka, with books in English and French, in both print and e-book format on donated Android tablets. This state of the art facility provides access to technology and resources that are opening up a whole new world to our students.

We are also proud to say that as of March, the Malaika School is 100% powered by solar energy! This brings the sustainability of the School to a whole new level, as we will no longer have to depend on unreliable electricity or an expensive generator. This stable source of energy has allowed us to set up a computer room, giving our girls an opportunity to connect with the modern world, which demands a knowledge of technology.

We continuously strive to provide the best possible education to our students, and that means going above and beyond simply teaching the girls how to read and write. We are creating the next generation of leaders, who will go out into their communities and be agents of change. 

With your support, we are creating a better future for Kalebuka, and the DRC. Thank you for joining us in our mission.

New e-library at the Malaika School
New e-library at the Malaika School
Malaika students enjoying the new library
Malaika students enjoying the new library
New computer room at the Malaika School
New computer room at the Malaika School
Girls studying at the Malaika School
Girls studying at the Malaika School
Our 230 girls
Our 230 girls

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Malaika girls at the start of the new school year
Malaika girls at the start of the new school year

In December, our girls closed out the first term with an enthusiastic end of year celebration. They displayed their artistic talents by playing music and putting on a theater production, and you can see some of these activities in the below photos!

We are so proud of how hard they worked last semester and how well they did on their exams. Our devoted teachers are working closely with the girls who demonstrate a need for additional help. We arrange after-school homework assistance to make sure they are receiving the most rewarding education possible, and also provide one-on-one instruction.

After a break for the holidays, our 230 girls were happy to return to classes this year and to see all their friends. 

A lot has been going on at Malaika during these first few weeks of the year. We are making tremendous progress on construction of our library, which will house both print and e-books on donated tablets and which will be the only library within the community. We are also in the process of installing solar panels at the School, which will reduce our dependence on unreliable electricity and on expensive generators. This will allow us to fully set up our computer room, stocked with 30 donated Chromebooks. We are excited that our girls will soon benefit from having these resources at their disposal, as it will provide them with a window to the world. 

Rose is one of our Grade 4 students and she shared why the school is so important to her – Malaika has changed the way I dream. I used to have small ideas of what my life could be like, but now I want to travel the world and experience everything.

Thank you for your support. It is invaluable as we work together to improve the lives of these beautiful angels.

End of year celebration
End of year celebration
Our actresses
Our actresses
Well done girls!
Well done girls!

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New Kindergarten Class with their Teacher, Therese
New Kindergarten Class with their Teacher, Therese

After a very busy summer, the 2015-16 school year has begun! We are proud to have increased enrollment and are now providing a quality education to 231 girls. We were so excited to welcome 29 more girls into our family, as they are our new Kindergarten class. We even have our first set of twins! 

Eliane is one of our new students and she told us that she can’t wait to go on field trips and explore. Eliane has big dreams and she wants to become the Minister of Education one day. We look forward to watching Eliane and her new schoolmates grow and learn, just as we have with our 202 returning students. They were all so happy to be back with their friends and learning their favorite subjects. You can see all these bright girls in the accompanying photos.

This year we are excited to focus on our holistic curriculum. We want our girls to thrive in their core classes, which include languages, math, science and reading; as well as the creative components like theatre, art and music. Through these lessons we are able to offer our girls creative outlets to express themselves and learn about what they love. We want to instill passion and commitment in them as they grow. We will also continue to give the girls two healthy meals per day, as well as monthly medical check-ups. The girls participate in gym class during the week, where they play tennis and work on teambuilding activities. They are constantly surrounded by a staff that ensures their safety and wellbeing.

We can’t emphasize enough how grateful we are to have your support this year and to know that you want a better future for those in Kalebuka.

Twins Bijou & Raissa with Malaika Founder, Noella
Twins Bijou & Raissa with Malaika Founder, Noella
New student, Eliane
New student, Eliane
Best friends
Best friends
 

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Georges Malaika Foundation Incorporated

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Georges Malaika Foundation Incorporated
Eileen Walmsley
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Eileen Walmsley
New York, NY United States

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