June 6, 2013
Kamalala Mutamba Nicie is a student in the Primary 3rd grade B class at the Georges Malaika School for Girls in Kalebuka, Democratic Repulic of The Congo. She is the youngest of her family. Her favorite lesson is art and she loves the color blue, but not as much as she loves when her mom cooks her fufu with vegetable and stewed fish! After school, Kamalala enjoys having fun by spending time with her friends. Kamalala dreams of becoming a teacher one day, in order to inspire children to become successful professionals.
Access to clean water has improved Kamalala’s education in many ways. First, less time walking for water enabled her to spend more time at school. Additionally, the health benefits of clean water minimize the risk of Kamalala and her teachers getting sick. Sanitation facilities can also eliminate the need for girls to drop out of school once they reach puberty. Finally, Voss Foundation’s well on-site at the Georges Malaika School for Girls allows the school to grow vegetables to supplement the students’ diet with healthy meals. Thus, a well in a community has a profound Ripple Effect – making a life-changing difference for hundreds of people – especially girls like Kamalala!