August 23, 2013
Students at the Georges Malaika School for Girls are going back to class! The first girls’ school in the region, in the village of Kalebuka in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the site of a 2010 Voss Foundation Women Helping Women clean water project. Our well was dug before the school was constructed because Georges Malaika Foundation needed the water for the bricks to build it! Now the well serves the school’s kitchen, health center, and bathrooms: students can drink clean water, wash their hands, brush their teeth, and eat healthy food grown in the school garden, and prepared in a clean kitchen – a perfect demonstration of Voss Foundation’s ripple effect!
In 2011, we attended the opening of the school and spoke to the girls about the importance of clean water. On that trip, we also inaugurated a second Voss Foundation well in Kalebuka funded by our Give A Drop partnership with Virgin Unite and Jewel. This well is for the community, so that the students and their families have access to clean water all day, every day. As you can see in the August 2013 photo below of GMF Founder and VF 2010 Women Helping Women honoree, Noella Coursaris Masters, the village well is in great shape too!
The school facilities stay open year-round. This summer, the girls have enjoyed drama and English classes, among other extracurricular activities on campus.
For 2013-2014, GMF school welcomes 180 students in its third year – 150 of them returning from last year. GMF posts the students’ results on their website, so that supporters can see how each student is doing. As always, the girls will receive a new uniform, handmade locally by women in the community, who are trained and paid by GMF.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we get news of these families whose lives have been changed with a Voss Foundation well. In the meantime, you can read more about our work in the DR Congo and our Women Helping Women and Give A Drop clean water projects!