Founded by Noella Coursaris Musunka, the mission of Malaika (formally the Georges Malaika Foundation) “is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education.” They opened the Malaika School, a free, accredited institution that provides quality education to 252 girls in Kalebuka, DRC, in 2011. Their goal is to build leadership capacity so each student can give back and have a positive, long-term impact on the future of both her community and DRC. The school’s holistic curriculum focuses on core competencies as well as culture, health, and wellness through sports. In 2013, Malaika also built the Kalebuka Football for Hope Center, a center that offers education, health, entrepreneurship, and sport programs to youth and adults in the community.
Voss Foundation first partnered with Malaika in 2010 to fund a borehole at the site of the Malaika School, which brought potable drinking water to the entire community. It also provided water, the first raw material in construction, on-site, which enabled the school to be built. Since then, VF has funded an additional 11 boreholes with hand pumps, to provide clean, safe drinking water to over 16,000 people in the Kalebuka community. VF also funded upgrades to existing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure, sanitation facilities at the Malaika School and the Kalebuka Football for Hope Center, and new piping, plumbing fixtures, and a septic system to connect the water and sanitation systems to Malaika’s health center and kitchen.