Hip Hop Star Eve Shows Goodwill to African Girls

By Diane Small

Move over, Angelina – there’s a new celeb philanthropist in town! Musician  and actress Eve Jeffers-Cooper (a.k.a Eve) has been announced  as a Goodwill Ambassador for Malaika, a non-profit that provides education and health  programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


After visiting  the Central African country with the founder of Malaika, model Noella Coursaris Musunka, hip hop star Eve fell in love with the country and its people and arrived in the African nation to inaugurate  the very first e-library in the village of Kalebuka on International Women’s Day,

The e-library is  the newest addition to the Malaika School, a free, accredited school that provides a  comprehensive and high quality education to 230 girls. A grassroots organisation,  Malaika aims to  empower Congolese girls through education and health programmes. The sustainable school is 100%powered by solar energy  and greatly  impacts the surrounding Kalebuka village through its  Community Centre, built in partnership with FIFA, which offers education, health and sports  programmes to 7,000 people per year. Malaika also provides essential infrastructure  development by building 5 wells that supply fresh water to 10,000 people, greatly reducing  disease and illness.


The school  now  has both print and e-books on Android tablets, giving the girls greater access to the outside world  and improving their job skills, too.

The Grammy Award-winning musician and actress, who is currently starring in box office hit  Barbershop 3,  said, “My trip to the DRC to visit Malaika’s  projects  exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be a great environment for the girls, but Malaika  goes above and beyond.  You can feel the excitement from the girls  when they take their seats in class. The library will be an incredible addition to the Malaika School and to their  curriculum.”


Eve put her creative skills to work  with the young students in Kalebuka, writing a poem with them about  the power of education. She also performed her hit single ‘Who’s That Girl’ for the  excited  villagers and students.


She has been a busy woman: she’s  just participated in  the 18th annual Gumball 3000 rally, and for her work as a fashion designer, she was the  recipient of a Breakthrough Style Award from Vogue.  This  summer, she will  reunite with Gwen Stefani for all dates on the “This Is  What the Truth Feels  Like” tour and is also  releasing her own new music later in the year.


Malaika’s founder Noella Coursaris Musunka couldn’t be happier with Eve’s participation in the project: “It is wonderful to have the support of an  amazing, successful woman who is also a great role model for our girls. I look forward to our  continued work with Eve and know that together we can raise more awareness of our  mission”.


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