Empowering Congolese Girls and Their Communities Through Education
The Malaika School in Kalebuka, DRC, opened its doors in September, 2011, to an inaugural class of 104 kindergarten and first grade girls. Each year, we add a new kindergarten class and increase enrollment. For the 2018-19 school year, Malaika is educating 314 girls.
Our private school is based on the Belgian and Congolese school systems, providing a holistic learning experience completely free of charge, including uniforms, shoes, school supplies and two healthy meals a day. Rising food prices have made it very difficult for the community to meet the daily nutrition requirements, however the Malaika School is committed to ensuring a well-balanced diet, not only to encourage an engaged student body and prevent absences due to malnutrition-related illnesses, but also because Malaika strongly believes that nutrition is a huge part of the development of the girls. Additional precautions have been taken to sustain the well-being of each of our girls by providing them with four essential vaccinations each. Our vision is to eliminate the barriers that prevent so many girls from exercising their right to a quality education, impeding their capacity to lead.