December 13, 2012
Some of our supporters have expressed concern over the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Voss Foundation has built two water projects in the community of Kalebuka, in 2011 a village well and in 2010 a well that serves the nearby Georges Malaika School for Girls and site of a future FIFA Football for Hope Centre. We are happy to report that the community of Kalebuka is in the southeastern Katanga province, far from the violence, which is concentrated in the northeastern part of the DRC, near the border with Rwanda and Uganda. Our hearts go out to the war-torn region, though we are glad that community members and students in Kalebuka continue to benefit safely from the Voss Foundation water projects. We wish for a swift end to the conflict, which is a cause of worry for this developing nation and further exacerbates the water crisis by damaging infrastructure and diverting resources, undermining the progress that has been made.
Last week a representative from the Georges Malaika Foundation in Kalebuka confirmed that both wells are fully functional and meeting the community’s needs (the photos above and below were taken by our partner on December 4, 2012). We were also happy to learn that the community is sustainably managing their own water project: the village water committee elected to charge a water usage fee of approximately $1/mo, which has successfully funded the construction of a permanent fixture permitting them to lock the Kalebuka well at night, safeguarding against misuse or overuse. The girls at the GMF school are thriving as well: you can follow their academic progress on the GMF website here.