January 3, 2019
Kalebuka Village Water Projects 9-11: 2018 Drilling Update
Voss Foundation first partnered with Malaika in 2010 to fund a borehole at the site of the Malaika School in Kalebuka, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, Voss Foundation has funded an additional 11 boreholes with hand pumps, to provide safe drinking water to over 16,000 people in the community of Kalebuka. In addition, Voss Foundation has 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.
Noella Coursaris Musunka, Malaika’s Founder and Director, and her family were in Kalebuka in July and August of 2018. They were onsite when the three most recent boreholes were drilled. Scroll through the gallery above to see photos from drilling and the completed boreholes in use. Notice the names the community gave to each borehole – “malaika” (angel), “nyota” (star), and “mapendo” (love) – are etched into either the wall of the apron slab or drainage channel in the photos of the completed projects.
Thank you to Noella and the Malaika team for regularly sharing updates on the status of the projects, even after implementation. We are fortunate to have Malaika as a partner, and are excited to work with their team on future WASH projects.