In 2007, Noëlla founded Malaika, a nonprofit that impacts thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through enhanced access to education and health programs. Noëlla?
Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is an international model and philanthropist of Congolese/Cypriot heritage, an Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, and a voice for the power of girls’ education worldwide. Noëlla has shared her insight at a number of world-class forums, spanning the World Economic Forum in Davos to the university halls of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and MIT and the offices of UNICEF. In 2017, she was named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential & Inspirational Women of the Year.
Marine proposed to forward the questions she got from Peter straightaway and nominated Noëlla at the same time. Here are her answers and new questions below! She also nominated one person, but we will tell you who next time.
What drives you to do what you do?
The people I work with at Malaika in the Democratic Republic of Congo are so incredibly driven and amazing, but they come from such difficult circumstances. Changing the life of individual students and an entire village with our school, community center, nutrition program and 20 wells makes a world of difference for a better future, and that motivates me to do everything in my power to provide them with more opportunities.
What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made?
I try to look forward and find the positive, instead of focusing on mistakes, but it has been hard every time I’ve had to say ‘no’ or turn down a person or project.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
I would spend the time with my two children and husband, simply loving being together, and I would send a message to everyone at Malaika to tell them how very proud I am of each and every one of them.
Here are Noëllas questions:
- What moment in your life was key in guiding you to your current position?
- What simple advice would you give to someone young?
- What brings you inspiration?