Frequently Asked Questions

Montanna Westling in China

Montanna Westling, Family Science Major from Ashland. 2015 Fellowship Recipient to China-College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL, and the Malaika Foundation.

What Does “Malaika” Mean?

Malaika is a Swahili word, the language of Kenya and Tanzania and means “my angel”.
Listen to the famous Malaika song.

Who does the Malaika Foundation benefit?

Resources are provided to Nebraska teachers, administrators and students who are interested in expanding a global perspective into their classrooms and careers.

How can I use the Malaika Foundation’s website?

To access global educational resources and learn of workshops and conferences for professional development opportunities.

How can I help Malaika?

Volunteer for global education workshops or by making a donation. All donations to Malaika assist with global education. You can specify the contribution be made specifically to your home town or other designated school.

I’m a teacher. How can Malaika help me?

Check out the global educational resources for your classroom and opportunities for travel. Contact Malaika for information on global education networks and conferences. If you wish to obtain global books or invite Malaika speakers, send a request to

I’m a student. What does Malaika provide for me and how can I be more global?

Apply for a grant to obtain global education resources for your school and check out the opportunities for international educational travel.

Establish a pen pal relationship with schools globally. Through the Sister School program with Opportunity Education, you can reach out to teachers and students in developing countries, sharing ideas and fostering cultural understanding.

Provide books or arrange for field visits for the new Nebraskans — the many immigrant populations in our state. Check out education grants to assist your own school. One possibility is with the Target Corporate Program.