Georges Malaika Foundation
New York, New York, USA
MissionMalaika's mission is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education and health programs.
What We DoFounded in 2007, Malaika has grown into an all-encompassing ecosystem, impacting thousands of lives each year through its four core programs, all of which are offered for free to the entire community:
School - The Malaika School provides an accredited, holistic primary and secondary education to 400 girls. Taught in French and English, its STEM-focused curriculum includes coding, music, theater, sport and art, ensuring that students are equipped with a 21st century education.
Community Center - Malaika's community center, partially built in partnership with FIFA, offers extensive programming, including literacy, vocational education, sports/football and health classes to more than 5,000 youth and adults, providing life-changing opportunities for the community at large.
Technical classes - In collaboration with Caterpillar Foundation, Malaika's technical program trains young adults as mechanics and electricians, certifying them at a nationally-recognized level.
Water - Malaika has built or refurbished 25 wells, providing clean, safe drinking water at central locations to more than 35,000 individuals each year.
Nutrition - Malaika's agricultural program, grows organic food on campus, providing students and staff with two healthy meals each day, creating employment opportunities and serving as a platform to educate the community about sustainable farming practices.
These programs, all of which are community driven and locally led, symbiotically work together as a replicable model, which can be customized to other communities and organizations throughout Africa and the world.