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Sarah Umba Ilunga, third grade student, Georges Malaika School for Girls, Kalebuka, DRC

Meet Sarah. Sarah Umba Ilunga is a kind, ambitious, and hardworking third grader. On a typical day, she rises at the crack of dawn to get ready for school. When she arrives, she focuses hard on her classes and practices writing and math. During recess she enjoys playing soccer with her friends. After a long day at school, she goes home to help her mother cook for her family, clean, and get ready for another day.


A representative from Georges Malaika Foundation, our partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sat down with Sarah to ask her about her life. Sarah is a student at the Georges Malaika School for Girls, the first of its kind in the region.

Q&A with Sarah

Natasha: Do you have a large family at home?

Sarah: Yes but I am the youngest.

Natasha: What is your favorite class in school?

Sarah: I really like art class.

Natasha: What is your favorite color?

Sarah: My favorite color is pink.

Natasha: What is your favorite food?

Sarah: I like to eat fufu with vegetables and fish.

Natasha: What would you like to be when you grow up?

Sarah: I think I would really like to be a doctor so that I can help people.

Natasha: What do you usually do when you get home from school?

Sarah: I help my mom with chores like doing the dishes.

Water provides the foundation of Sarah’s education:  it formed the bricks that built her school, it’s needed to cook the two meals a day she eats there (with food grown in the nearby garden), and it flows through the health center and sanitation facilities that keep her healthy and in class! Did we mention how much we love the Ripple Effect of clean water – and the Women Helping Women who make it possible?!!

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