Philanthropist and international model Noella Coursaris Musunka is the Founder of Malaika, a grassroots non-profit that works to educate and empower girls and communities in her native country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2007, Noella founded Malaika alongside a team of pro bono professionals. Malaika’s education and health programmes are impacting thousands of people’s lives and are all offered free of charge. Malaika’s work takes 3 paths: an accredited school that provides quality education to 314 girls and builds the leadership capacity of each student; a community centre that provides literacy, health and vocational programs to 7,000 people; and 17 wells that supply clean water to 30,000 people.
Since 2017, Noella has been an Ambassador for The Global Fund, the world’s largest partnership combating these diseases with governments, civil society and the private sector. She has been featured on CNN and the BBC and has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at the Concordia Annual Summit in New York City, at UNICEF, and alongside President Bill Clinton and Princess Caroline of Monaco. Noella was named one of ELLE magazine's "Incredibles", 50 African women who are shaping the continent, and one of the BBC’s 100 most Influential and Inspirational women of 2017.