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GEORGES MALAIKA FOUNDATION INCORPORATED

EMPOWERING our Next Generation of Leaders.

aka Malaika   |   New York, NY   |  www.malaika.org

Mission

Malaika’s mission is to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education and health programs

Ruling year info

2008

Founder and CEO

Mrs. Noella Coursaris Musunka

Main address

244 Fifth Avenue Suite 225

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

26-0670177

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Malaika School

The Malaika School is a free, accredited primary and secondary school that provides a comprehensive and high quality education to more than 300 girls. The rigorous curriculum is structured around daily classes taught in French and English, on subjects including STEM, information technology, health, and civic education. Art, music, theater, and physical education are also a key part of the robust educational programming.
The students are given many opportunities to grow as leaders, from involvement in the Girl Scouts to field trips and community service projects, such as planting trees or teaching the community about malaria prevention. Additionally, each student receives two healthy meals a day -- often the only ones she may receive -- and is given regular health check ups. The Malaika School is also a sustainable complex, 100 percent powered by solar energy.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Beyond the school, Malaika is impacting the surrounding village through its Community Center, built in partnership with FIFA, which provides education, health, and sports programming to approximately 5,000 youths and adults per year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Malaika has built and refurbished 30 wells that together supply fresh water to 47,000 people a year, greatly reducing water-borne disease and illness.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Malaika School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We started off with the dream of educating every single girl living in Kalebuka. Almost 50 million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa are not in school. Girls are 1.5 times more likely to not have access to education, and two-thirds of the global illiterate population are women. In Kalebuka, the community where we run our programs, only 4% of women and 10% of youth are literate. In the DRC alone, 7 million children are not in school. We wanted to prove
that these numbers can change, and that access to quality education for girls can happen in the most remote and poor communities in the country.

Our programming model is one rooted in the idea that we are co-building an ecosystem of change with the communities we serve. This ecosystem offers connectors between all of our programs, and a fluidity in participation and access that means we are trusted and supported by local leaders, families, and community members.

We operate five programs:
- the Malaika School
- the Malaika Community Center
- the Water & Health program
- the Agriculture & Nutrition program
- the Technical Education program

Our work is pased around 3 core pillars:
Our EDUCATION pillar fulfills Malaika's core mission: to give girls a free and quality education so they can live fulfilled and dignified lives. The Malaika School has built a local system around education, working with parents and community members to include them in the academic and personal successes of all students. This pillar offers a constant reminder that educating girls in rural parts of Africa doesn't have to mean diminishing academic standards nor limiting access to STEM and digital literacy.

OPPORTUNITY
Our OPPORTUNITY for all pillar recognizes that educating girls without having a systems-change objective in local communities simply doesn't reach the same kind of impact. While girls can be successful in school, they cannot dismantle the inequalities in their households and communities without radical shifts in how people think of their successes, how their families and neighbors are included in opportunity cycles, and without collective social and economic empowerment.

DIGNITY
While we could have stopped at Pillar 1 & 2, this third pillar - DIGNITY - was born out of the realization that indicators of empowerment and wellbeing cannot limit themselves to economic indicators. The community had a huge rule in helping us identify water access, health, and social wellbeing as key factors in their capacity to lift themselves out of poverty. At Malaika, DIGNITY for all is front and center to our commitment to making progress on the SDGs by 2030.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GEORGES MALAIKA FOUNDATION INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Noella Coursaris Musunka

Alain Pakabomba

Sanjay Rawal

Eileen Walmsley

Charlotte Kirby

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/14/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.