Philly rapper, Eve, was recently on Fox 5’s Good Day New York and mentioned her commitment to girl power and her involvement with the Malaika School – a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo educating more than 230 girls. She was so genuinely passionate that I had to learn more. It’s truly beautiful.
The Malaika School is a free, accredited school that is providing a quality education to 230 girls in Kalebuka. The School aims to build the leadership of its girls so that they commit themselves to being change-agents in their community and have a long-term, lasting impact on the DRC. The curriculum includes classes in English and French, math, science, health and civic education, as well as art, music and theater programs. Students receive two healthy meals a day and participate in sports activities twice a week. Malaika provides a fully comprehensive program for the girls which includes tuition, school supplies, and uniforms.
The Swahili word for ‘angel’ is malaika
The mission of Malaika* is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education. Based in New York, the organization operates in the village of Kalebuka, in the Southeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
*Formally known as the Georges Malaika Foundation
An educated girl will increase her future earnings by approximately 10-20% for each additional year of schooling and will reinvest most of it back into her family and community. These are key factors in a nation’s socioeconomic development, and yet girls still face immense obstacles in obtaining an education in the DRC. At Malaika, they mobilize resources so that these girls can receive the best schooling possible, providing them with greater choices, opportunities, and the capacity to make informed decisions. Their goal is to build the leadership capacity of each individual student so that she gives back to her community, and has a positive, long-term impact on the future of the DRC. In essence, they are fueling a generation of change-agents. At the same time, they impact the surrounding community through recreational and life skills programming for adults and children, as well as essential infrastructure development.
With the exception of the locally hired teachers and support staff, Malaika is operated by unpaid experts and volunteers from the public and private sector.