March 13, 2019
Malaika School and Kalebuka Center For Hope Sanitation Project: Phase I Update
The mission of Malaika is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education. They opened the Malaika School, a free, accredited institution that provides quality education to girls in the village of Kalebuka, in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2011. In 2013, Malaika also built the Kalebuka Football for Hope Center (KFHC), a community center that offers education, health, entrepreneurship, IT, and sport programs to 5,000 youth and adults annually.
Malaika welcomed their inaugural kindergarten and first grade classes in 2011, and have added an incoming class of approximately 30 girls each year. Today, the campus supports 314 students, 22 staff members, and 30 parents. Ultimately the school will support 390 students. Traffic at the KFHC has also increased since the center opened its doors in 2013. Between 150-200 people currently use the center every day, and when tournaments are held, there up to 500 people in attendance. The growth at both locations has outstripped the amount of available sanitation facilities. The toilet to person ratio at the school is just over 1:33, and the ration at the school is 1:30-100 depending on the day.
In December 2018, Voss Foundation funded a sanitation infrastructure project to increased the facilities at both the school and community center. An additional 6 toilets, 1 trough sink w/ 4 faucets, and a septic system will be constructed at the school, and at the community center, an additional 6 toilets, 2 urinals, and 2 showers will be constructed. Construction started in February 2019, and the first phase, which included building the septic tank and laying down the foundation and drainage system, is complete. The next phase, which consists of building the walls and putting on the roofs, is underway. Check back for updates on the remaining phases.
Voss Foundation first partnered with Malaika in 2010 to fund a borehole at the site of the Malaika School. Since then, we have funded an additional 11 boreholes outfitted with hand pumps to provide clean, safe drinking water to over 16,000 people in the Kalebuka community. We have also funded upgrades to existing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure as well as new piping, plumbing fixtures, and a septic system to provide water and sanitation to Malaika’s health center, sanitation facilities, and kitchen.