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. When the school opened in 2011, the borehole was dedicated for the sole use of the school, its kitchen, infirmary, garden, and restrooms, so Voss Foundation funded a second borehole outfitted with a hand pump in Kalebuka to ensure the community would not lose access to potable water. Since then, Voss Foundation and Malaika have partnered to fund three additional boreholes and repair one borehole in the community of Kalebuka.