Location and general information

Location Democratic Republic of Congo, Kalebuka
Start date 01/01/2022
End date 12/31/2022
Cost of the project €75,000
Foundation funding €35,000
Project identifier 20210250
Partners Fondation Georges Malaika
Categories Access to Sport - Gender Equality - Personal development


Prior to Malaika, the people of Kalebuka had little access to education or community programmes. The literacy rate is one of the lowest in the country and many people living there have been displaced by conflict in other parts of the country. Gender inequality causes women and girls to be deprived of school and work, leaving them more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. For the people of Kalebuka to thrive, they need continued access to school, community programmes and opportunities.

Project content

The community centre provides free access to literacy, numeracy, IT, English, and health education as well as vocational training and sports programmes for adults and out-of-school youth. Our sports for social development programme engages young people in play and discussions on topics such as conflict resolution, leadership development, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, and children’s rights. The combination of these programmes provides participants with the foundation to become future leaders.


We aim to make specific changes in attitudes and behaviours of community members.

Leadership and life skills

  • Equip young people with tools to empower themselves and their communities
  • Increase gender equality
  • Help shape the future leaders of Kalebuka, DRC


  • Improve participants’ physical and mental health
  • Disseminate public health and hygiene information

Improved life outcomes

  • Teach young people about children’s rights
  • Equip young people with tools to empower themselves and their communities


Project activities

  • Select and mentor peer coaches
  • Run sport for social development games and activities
  • Host workshops about children’s rights, gender equality, COVID-19 and conflict resolution
  • Community outreach activities about diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, COVID-19 and sexually transmitted infections
  • Hold regional tournaments to raise awareness across communities
  • Classes on literacy, health, IT, numeracy, reproductive health, English and French
  • Hold focus groups and discussion groups for young people

Expected results

By providing youth with access to sport, education and health programmes we give them the tools to bring about positive change throughout their community. We expect to see a decrease in child abuse and increases in education, gender equality and improved conflict resolution. This provides young people with opportunities to empower themselves, by introducing them to their vast potential and giving them the tools to make the best use of it. They will become the leaders of their community and help it thrive.

  • Boost young people’s leadership skills through training programmes, increasing the number of peer leaders and coaches (Baseline: 12 / Target: 20).
  • Create a safe space to discuss health topics and increase the number of young people attending health-based sports sessions (Baseline: 85 / Target: 120).
  • Improve life outcomes by positively changing young people’s mentality with regard to conflict resolution, drug and alcohol use, domestic violence, etc.
  • **Increase the number of youth attending training sessions based on life outcomes (Baseline: 120 / Target: 145)


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