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On Monday, September 8th, 2014, students at the Georges Malaika School for Girls in Kalebuka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, go back to class for the fourth year! Voss Foundation attended the opening of the GMF School, the first girls school in the Katanga province, in 2011, to celebrate our two wells for the school and community. Georges Malaika Foundation was founded by our 2010 Women Helping Women honoree, Noella Coursaris Masters.

The well we funded onsite at the school, through our Women Helping Women 2010 campaign, had to be drilled before construction could begin on the school because they needed the water to mix the cement – so the school literally would not exist without Voss Foundation! Now, that well serves the school’s buildings and facilities, including the kitchen, bathrooms, health center, and garden. Students drink clean water all day, wash their hands, brush their teeth, and grow flowers and healthy fruits and vegetables.

Outside of the school, the Kalebuka community is served by a second Voss Foundation well, funded by our Give A Drop partnership with Virgin Unite and Jewel’s Project Clean Water.

Thanks to the completion of the final stage of campus construction, designed by renowned New York-based architects studioMDA, the GMF School for Girls has increased enrollment this year to educate 202 girls and provide them with meals, uniforms, books, health care, and other support. Uniforms, designed by Lauren Bush Lauren’s Lauren Pierce, are sewn by members of the community and purchased by the school, to both clothe the girls and support the local economy – a perfect example of Voss Foundation’s Ripple Effect!

Teachers are preparing the curriculum, students are getting fitted for their uniforms, and everyone is getting ready for another exciting year! Voss Foundation wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and productive school year!

Learn more about our work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Georges Malaika Foundation.

Learn more about the connection between water and education.

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