Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

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Philanthropist and international model Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is the founder of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that works to educate and empower girls and communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Noëlla was discovered and began her modeling career just after graduating from school. As her career took off and she took her talents to the global stage, she discovered a platform from which to share her passion for human rights. Fiercely proud of her African heritage, her determination to help improve the lives of Africa’s youth has made her an international advocate for their welfare.

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Photo credit: Jem Mitchell

Fueled by this commitment, Noëlla founded Malaika alongside a team of pro bono professionals from around the world. Today, Malaika’s education and health programs are impacting thousands of people’s lives in Congo and are all offered free of charge. Malaika’s work has three components: an accredited school that provides a quality education to 314 girls; a community center that offers a range of programs to 7,000 youth and adults; and a clean water program that has built and refurbished 17 wells to supply fresh water to over 30,000 people each year.

Since 2017, Noëlla has served as an Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and, of this year, also serves as Ambassador for Black Opal makeup and one of the faces for Max Factor’s latest campaign. Noëlla’s work with Malaika and The Global Fund has made her one of the most sought-after speakers on the subjects of education and health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Noëlla lives with her husband and their two young children outside of London.