Staff Highlight: Mabaka Angelani Therese

Malaika’s staff consists of individuals who are passionate about education and about teaching and supporting the next group of leaders emerging from our student body. Therese Mabaka Angelani, kindergarten teacher, has been working for 10 years at Malaika, ever since the school opened its doors.⠀

“It is really great to see a school that emerges day to day, year by year, in which children who come in without a notion of education go out with an impressive intellectual, moral and physical training. My dream is to see some of the girls continuing the work that Malaika does by giving back to their communities and leading the school so that other children will be able to benefit from this education.”

BAFTA winning actress Thandie Newton is a proud Malaika supporter and our girls were so excited when she posted about the first day of classes on her Instagram account! Read her moving post below and on her page Thank you for your encouragement, Thandie!

Look at these gorgeous girls. First day back at school. And all possible through the incredible hard work and tenacity of @noellacoursaris. Her ambition to help girls in her birthplace of Congo is a thriving reality @malaikadrc. These girls are the future because Congo is the centre of the world – literally. It is rich and fertile with resources that the West hunger after like vampires. It’s been called the worst place in the world to be a woman because of human rights catastrophes that are unleashed by warring over illegal export of those same minerals. Rape is a weapon of those wars. So these girls, and their radiance, are humbling to say the very least. We can help them, and help the beating heart of our beautiful world. They’re our flesh and blood. x Thandie