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"I was born in Lubumbashi, but received my education in Europe after my father passed away when I was 5 years old and my mother was no longer able to care for me. Upon returning to my country after a 13-year separation, I was struck by the contrasts I found, underscoring my gratitude for my education and experiences in Europe, but also my empathy for my counterparts back home," explains Coursaris.

Noella was schooled in Belgium before moving to London as a teenager, where she was discovered after winning a modeling competition. The international success of her modeling career enabled Noella to establish the Georges Malaika Foundation in 2007, “to empower young Congolese women to rise above the violence of war and make a positive contribution to their society."