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Menelik Education is an organisation that speaks out for you, breaks down barriers, and empowers people and communities. It is an organisation with transformational ambitions for communities.

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Company number 06630614 / Charity number 1136890


Nelson Mandela
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Nelson Mandela

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Menelik Education’s believes that communities irrespective of where they are in the world, are a rich source of energy, creativity and talent. They are made up of people with rich and diverse backgrounds who each have something to contribute to making their community a better place to live in. Central, local, and international governments need to help communities to work together and release that potential to create a more prosperous and fairer world.

What is Community Empowerment?



Menelik Education is committed to support communities in the areas in which it operates, such as Cambridgeshire in the UK, or Kinshasa, in the D.R. Congo, by supporting them to do things for themselves and having their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services.

What are the benefits of empowering communities?

Where communities are empowered we see a range of benefits: local democratic participation boosted; increased confidence and skills among local people; higher numbers of people volunteering in their communities; and more satisfaction with quality of life in a local neighbourhood. Better community engagement and participation leads to the delivery of better, more responsive services and better outcomes for communities.


What is Menelik Education doing to empower communities?

Menelik Education is taking forward action in a number of areas and is working closely with local authorities and partners to help support and promote community empowerment and engagement.


The origin of Menelik Education

First if I may, I would like to tell you why this project means a lot to me.  My Dad was a fervent defender of democracy, a very honourable man who dedicated all his life, as an active pan-Africanist, to the independence movements in Africa and elsewhere around the world.  He joined an international organisation to help newly independent countries attain their objectives in the process of reconstructing their infrastructure. Unfortunately, many countries like the DRC have failed to take advantage of  those opportunities, and today, face many structural and societal problems.

Menelik Education was founded to address some of the issues by helping communities and individuals, break the cycle of poverty.  Our work is not limited to the DRC, we also work with and support communities in Cambridgeshire, especially young people with disabilities.  Please take the time to visit our website,  to find out how we do this, and I hope many of you, will jump on board.  If you need to get in touch with me, please email me at:


Thank you for your time!


Theodore Menelik-Mfuni Founder/CEO 

Theodore with British Foreign Secretary David MlllibandThank

Theodore with Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague 

Theodore with British Leader of the Opposition Ed Milliband

Our Values Are:


Every crisis creates opportunity; every struggle offers the chance to rediscover. Everything we do is born from the ability to see potential where others can’t.


The willingness to try, fail and learn on the journey toward creating something new is just as critical as the passion to succeed. There is no substitute for being willing to lead— especially when the territory being covered is new and the outcome is uncertain.


Meaningful change is not easy. It requires the ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and face often daunting challenges. We have the persistence to do whatever it takes until we achieve the results we seek.


We are passionate about seeking new perspectives and challenging long-standing assumptions because we know effective leadership requires continuous learning.


There is no greater force for change than a team of people who are personally invested in each other, and in the lives of the people who their work is intended to serve.


Every initiative or project we undertake will be judged by the only measure that matters: how effectively we create lasting and meaningful progress in the lives of those we serve.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Nelson Mandela
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