GEORGES MALAIKA FOUNDATION INCORPORATED

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 17 wells that together supply fresh water to 30,000 people a year, greatly reducing water-borne disease and illness.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Where we work

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Congolese people who live in or near the village of Kalebuka, an impoverished area in southern DRC.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have continuously adapted our programs based on both community surveys and our community and parent councils. We recently launched a new program that was requested by the community members. We also launched a COVID-19 emergency food and supply distribution program after the community suffered financially and needed additional support during lockdowns. We just completed our most recent community survey and are reviewing the results to see what changes we need to make to our programming and what additional services the community has requested.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Since our inception, we have worked with the community to build a program and services that they want and need. Therefore it hasn't changed our approach but what is has done is strengthened our relationship with them and make it clear that Malaika is here to help them achieve their vision for their community, not impose our vision onto them.

  • 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

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GEORGES MALAIKA FOUNDATION INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 6/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Noella Coursaris Musunka

Alain Pakabomba

Sanjay Rawal

Eileen Walmsley

Charlotte Kirby

Board leadership practices

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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 06/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/14/2021

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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.