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Model/Activist Noella Coursaris-Masters is building schools and changing lives in Congo – Watch her inspiring interviews with CNN International

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Model Noella Coursaris-Masters left the Democratic Republic of Congo when she was just 5 years old. Her father had just died and her mother did not have the resources to take care of her.

Growing up in Europe, Noella longed to visit her motherland, as time passed, she blossomed into a beautiful teen and began her modelling career.
When she was 18, she went back to the DRC to visit her mother, at that point she knew she had to do something to impact her world, specifically for the young girls and women in Congo.

Noella strongly believes in the power of education, in her CNN interview, she shared that “I believe that if my mother had an education at the time my father died, she would have been able to support me and keep me.

On the subject of underage pregnancy which is a major issue in the DRC, “At a young age they got pregnant, got married, so how do you resolve the problem of a girl being pregnant at 12 years, if she’s at school, if she cuts her education?…If we give her power to have education I believe she won’t be a mother at a young age.” Noella says.

Noella founded the Georges Malaika Foundation (named after her father);

The Georges Malaika Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of African communities by providing educational opportunities to young girls, aged 5 to 18. Its vision is to mobilize the resources necessary to overcome the insurmountable obstacles a young girl faces to obtain an education in the Democratic Republic of Congo. GMF will provide assistance that paves the way for opportunity, generates greater choice and empowers girls to make informed decisions. GMF endeavors to permanently alter the cycle of illiteracy and poverty within the D.R. Congo.

The foundation’s current focus is the construction of an ecological school for 100 children in the Katanga province in the south of the DRC. This the area where Coursaris was born and spent her early childhood. Most of the young girls who will be enroll in the school when it is completed have been abandoned, sexually abused or accused of witchcraft.

Noella is totally committed to the cause and is optimistic that her young son, Mapendo gets to experience the DRC is a completely new light. According to her, “When he is my age I want him to see a new Congo, with a strong leadership, with a lot of schools all over Congo.” We pray so too!

Check out Noella’s CNN African Voices feature and CNN Connector of the Day interview.

Video & Information source: CNN International
Find out more about the Georges Malaika Foundation: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georges-Malaika-Foundation/304396695272

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16 Comments

  1. Ann

    December 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Really impressive and inspiring.

  2. p

    December 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    i love this. its soo inspirational

  3. D.O.T.M.H.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:07 am

    God bless her

  4. mary007

    December 22, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Wish her the very best, I hope i too can one day make a difference

  5. fokasibe

    December 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Well done!!!

  6. DUDU

    December 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Cue tips for Genevieve so that she won’t mess herself again in the next world class interview she does when asked how she contributes back to the society

  7. Truth teller

    December 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Impressive, May God order her steps. Good to see a young lady contributing to society that is not a model,designer,or in the entertainment industry (before I get murdered here,i’m not saying there’s any thing wrong with those chosen professions )It’s good to see something different.

  8. Truth teller

    December 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    *That is not just* i meant…

  9. NNENNE

    December 23, 2010 at 3:48 am

    May God bless you and crown your efforts with success. Amen.

  10. shade

    December 23, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Such a beautiful sweet inspiring young woman.

    God bless her and what she is doing.

    Thanks for sharing this BN.

  11. The Bola

    December 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Inspiring and humble lady

  12. bunmi ojo

    December 24, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Really nice piece!

  13. Adoley

    December 24, 2010 at 4:01 am

    It’s good to see that even though she left the country at age 5; she still feels connected and is doing something to empower others.
    Very phenomenal
    Very inspirational

  14. BayBayBags

    December 30, 2010 at 4:09 am

    perfect.

  15. Sandy

    December 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

    To whom much is given, much is expected,hope our Nigerian celebrities are reading. When will they start giving back to the society, and the sooner we start focusing and asking them such questions, the better cos i`m tired of comments like nice shoes,dress,…whatever. Anybody can look good if they can afford it, There`s more to life than all that.

  16. Truth teller

    January 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    @Sandy,@Adoley well written…

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