July 10, 2011
Last year, the Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women funded a well at the site of the future Georges Malaika School for Girls in the village of Kalebuka, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Now, the school opening is just weeks away! Thanks to Voss Foundation and its Women Helping Women donors, there is no need for the school’s 104 girls to travel to collect clean water, allowing them more time for education and increasing their safety. The well has also been fundamental in the construction of the school building. Serge Kanyonga, the Community Organizer from GMF reports,
“The project couldn’t start without water, which is, unavoidably, the first raw material in construction…To start the GMF school, it was necessary to dig a well to get water to the GMF land and closer to the place that was chosen to build the school. The well is now serving the entire Kalebuka village and its surroundings.”
In August, we will attend the opening of the the Georges Malaika School for Girls in DRC with our 2010 WHW honoree, Noella Coursaris Musunka. On that trip, we hope to inaugurate a [intlink id=”2820″ type=”post”]second well[/intlink] for the village, as the first well will be for the school’s exclusive use.
Thank you to all of our [intlink id=”75″ type=”page”]Women Helping Women[/intlink] donors! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Read the full report to learn how the Kalebuka community has been using access to clean water to improve personal hygiene, increase security, and build the region’s first all-girls school.