Qui sommes nous / About us

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About Us

We are an African non-profit grassroots organisation working in the DRC, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Cameroun and we are dedicated to empowering communities to take charge of their own development and break the “cycle of poverty”. We accomplish this through ongoing initiatives in education, farming assistance, health care, and many more.

For the community

We are committed to supporting communities to do things for themselves, and to make their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services for the benefit of all.

Our empowerment concept

Community empowerment is about working in ways which empower people – ways which mean that people feel ‘confident’, that they – and the groups they are involved in – are inclusive and organised, that networks are formed, are cooperative and support each other and – ultimately – they are influential. These are the 5 Community Empowerment Dimensions which inform all our work at changes.

  1. Confident, we mean, working in a way which increases peoples skills, knowledge and confidence – and instils a belief that they can make a difference
  2. Inclusive, we mean working in a way which recognises that discrimination exists, promotes equality of opportunity and good relations between groups and challenges inequality and exclusion
  3. Organised, we mean working in a way which brings people together around common issues and concerns in organisations and groups that are open, democratic and accountable
  4. Cooperative, we mean working a way which builds positive relationships across groups, identifies common messages, develops and maintains links to national bodies and promotes partnership working
  5. Influential, we mean working in a way which encourages and equips communities to take part and influence decisions, services and activities

Our community empowerment programme is about putting the values of community development into action.


Education is essential to achieving a higher quality of life. Many individuals in many African countries find it difficult to access quality education due to poverty, violent conflict and a myriad of other issues.  Although access to education may seem like a daunting problem, Menelik Education is supporting individuals, schools, colleges and universities in Africa.  We are currently focusing on young people between the age of 8 and 18 years old by providing long-term scholarships to at-risk children that are funded by individual donations. We also works to improve and build schools within the country in which we operate.

What we stand for:

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.

Community Empowerment?

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

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.

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.


We are improving the lives of communities through better health.

Women are the gatekeepers to their communities’ health. We work primarily through women and girls, to build the knowledge, skills and means to transform their health, laying foundations for generations to come.

Unsurprisingly, women and children are more vulnerable to ill health in Africa. Low income and social status, lack of education and traditional gender roles and responsibilities are key contributing factors. The biggest risk to the lives of teenage girls and women in the developing world is pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal death rates in Africa are particularly high because of the lack of skilled midwives, obstructed labour, unsafe abortions, anaemia and malaria. Across Africa, too many young girls become pregnant with devastating and long-term effects on their reproductive health.

Across Africa, a new mother dies every three minutes. Menelik Education health programme supports reproductive health and rights for women through ensuring effective access to:

  • contraceptives
  • skilled obstetric services
  • assisted delivery
  • ante-natal and post-natal care

We know that increasing the number of skilled midwives and health care professionals is key to preventing maternal deaths. That’s exactly what we are doing.

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.

  • Courage

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.

  • Determination

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

  • Curiosity

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.

  • Partnership

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.

  • Accountability

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.

Qui sommes-nous?

Bienvenue sur le site web de l’association MENELIK et de ses partenaires!

MENELIK est une association à but non lucratif, créée en 2003, dont le siège est à Kinshasa avec un branche à Cambridge (Royaume Unie). Elle intervient principalement en République Démocratique du Congo mais aussi aux niveaux régional, et international. Son objectif général est l’information, la réflexion et l’action autour des thèmes suivants: développement humain durable, solidarité nationale et internationale, droits humains, égalité des femmes et des hommes, éducation, diversité, création et échange culturelles…


Theodore Menelik-Mfuni pendant sa visite en RDC 
Theodore Menelik-Mfuni during his mission to the DRC

Présentation de MENELIK

Créée en 2003 par Theodore Menelik-Mfuni un sociologue et citoyen Congo/Ethiopien vivant a Cambridge (Grande Bretagne) mais qui a garder l’amour pour son pays et ces frères et sœurs Africains, MENELIK est une association à but non lucratif, dont le siège est à Kinshasa avec une base a Cambridge (Royaume Unie). MENELIK intervient dans le domaine du développement durable, de la solidarité nationale et internationale, des droits humains et de l’égalité des femmes et des hommes. Objectifs de MENELIK L’objectif général de l’association MENELIK est l’information, la formation, la réflexion et la facilitation d’actions collectives autour des thèmes du développement humain durable, de la solidarité internationale, des droits humains et de l’égalité femmes-hommes, de l’éthique et de la diversité culturelle…Voir le détail des buts statutaires de MENELIK.

La direction du College Jules Verne de Rouen (France) avec les eleves du Club Menelik.  The head and assistant head of the College Jules Verne of Rouen (France) with students of the Club Menelik.rencontre menelik rouen 210513 (5)




Principales activités actuelles

1. Mise à disposition du public d’un espace internet de documentation et de débat d’idées.

2. Élaboration et diffusion d’outils pédagogiques, méthodologiques et d’aide à la décision sur les questions de développement durable, de solidarité et de genre (égalité femmes-hommes).

3. Organisation et/ou participation à des actions de sensibilisation et de formation sur ces questions.

4. Missions d’expertise sur développement durable – solidarité nationale et internationale – genre pour des pouvoirs publics, ONG et collectivités

5. Facilitation et appui au développement des projets spécifiques de membres et partenaires de MENELIK.

6. Partenariats associatifs et participation à des réseaux et des campagnes citoyennes collectives, notamment sur les thèmes touchant la protection de l’environnement, la santé, l’alimentation et l’agriculture durables, ainsi que la solidarité nationale et l’égalité des femmes et des hommes.

Pour plus d’information sur nos projets actuelles contactez-nous en adressant votre email à: info@menelikeducation.info

Consultez également l’agenda de MENELIK

Une benevole pendant la colonie de vacances
A volunteer during the summer camp

Ressources financières

Les ressources financières sont composées, par ordre d’importance: Subventions pour les projets (pouvoirs publics, fondations privées) Produits des formations et des missions d’expertises Produits de ventes de matériels pédagogiques Cotisations des membres Qui sont les bailleurs et sources de financements ? MENELIK a reçu des subventions pour ses projets de la part de: The Big Lottery Fund, Ville de Cambridge (Cohésion sociale), Kings School Primary school, Impington Village Collége, les supporters et Membres de MENELIK. Des missions d’expertises ou prestations de services ont été effectuées pour: PROVIC/USAID et AIDDDH/CARTER… MENELIK n’est soutenue par aucune entreprise ou organisme à but lucratif, représentant des intérêts industriels ou financiers.


Me Emerence la Sec Exec et une cliente
Me Emerence the Exec Sec with a client

Une vision citoyenne MENELIK souhaite promouvoir une vision citoyenne et politique du développement humain, durable, équitable, solidaire… tout en maintenant un questionnement sur les évolutions et les applications de ces différents concepts. Le développement durable est une notion polysémique que chaque acteur tend à interpréter et à adapter en fonction de ses priorités pratiques et de son idéologie. Le développement durable court actuellement le risque d’être réduit à des écogestes (vision comportementaliste et individualiste) ou instrumentalisé au service d’activités politiques et/ou économiques et financières qui iraient pourtant à l’encontre de ses principes fondamentaux: principes de solidarité, de précaution, de responsabilité. La notion de croissance durable ou de croissance verte doit ainsi être questionnée, car il s’agit d’une nouvelle confusion entre la notion de développement et celle de croissance. C’est pourquoi MENELIK, dans ses publications comme ses projets et ses partenariats, souhaite favoriser une meilleure prise en compte globale et simultanée des différentes composantes qui définissent ce qu’on appelle le développement durable : protection de la nature et de l’environnement ; solidarité, droits humains, justice sociale ; efficacité et sobriété économique ; diversité culturelle ; participation citoyenne.


rencontre menelik rouen 210513 (1)MENELIK préfère parler de développement humain durable pour souligner la dimension éthique et culturelle du développement ainsi que son lien étroit avec l’environnement au sens large du terme, c’est-à-dire l’ensemble du vivant, dont font partie les humains. Le site internet de MENELIK offre une documentation générale réactualisée en permanence et des points de vue sur toutes ces thématiques.

Un réseau RMOAC est un réseau de personnes et d’associations qui travaillent ensemble sur certaines thématiques ou développent de façon autonome leurs projets spécifiques. Nous avons décidé de mutualiser nos moyens pour concevoir une page internet dans le cité de MENELIK qui permettra à différents (es) membres et partenaires de s’exprimer et de développer leurs projets ou leurs offres d’activités et prestations, quand celles-ci entrent dans le champ du développement humain durable et de la solidarité. Certains (es) membres ou partenaires publient des réflexions et des recherches et cette page est l’occasion de faire connaître leurs créations culturelles. Le réseau MENELIK compte plusieurs membres souhaitant créer leurs emplois d’utilité écologique et sociale.

CLINIQUE PEDIATRIQUEsmallLa structure associative MENELIK est en effet un lieu d’entraide et de coopération. Actions collectives MENELIK privilégie les actions collectives. Elle apporte donc son soutien et son savoir-faire (élaboration de documents, organisation/animation de séminaires, coordination de projets…) à différents réseaux spécialisés, notamment dans les domaines de la santé, l’environnement (agriculture, alimentation), de l’égalité entre femmes et hommes, de la diversité biologique et culturelle… MENELIK est ainsi membre de la Plate-forme Congolaise sur les Droits humains, économiques, sociaux et culturels, du Ministère du Genre, Famille et Enfants.

Pour plus de détails sur notre participation à des réseaux écrivez nous a : info@menelikpartnership.org


Un point de vue sur notre site ? Une demande d’information ? Une demande de services (formation, facilitation) ? Une proposition de partenariat ? Aspects pratiques, liens sur votre site ? N’hésitez pas à nous contacter : info@menelikpartnership.org


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Imagine for a moment, if you will, a situation where, through no fault of your own, your child was denied basic education.

Imagine that there is only one school in the area, and that it is the only option for your children to get an education. It has no classrooms. It might not even have a teacher. If you’re really lucky, it may have a toilet.

Imagine sending your child to bed hungry. Not as some Victorian form of discipline, but because you, as a parent, were unable to earn the money required to provide for your family.

Imagine this alternative reality. Now imagine being powerless to change it.


Une campagne de sensibilisation
During an awareness campaign

MENELIK exists today because we believe that this harsh reality, faced by millions of children and their families, should not be overlooked. It is a conviction we share with our partners locally as well as internationally, and spent spent nearly 10 years advocating for the rights of children in the United Kingdom and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). MENELIK aims to amplify the voices of children and the young (especially young girls), and their struggle for survival. Through our efforts, we aim to effect change that will ultimately stop this vicious circle of poverty, hunger, discrimination and the lack of access to healthcare and education. In short, we aim to bring about a change to ensure that every child, regardless of race, religion or background, has a fulfilling and enriching childhood, guaranteed to them as citizens.


MENELIK PARTNERSHIP focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment not only as human rights, but also because they are a pathway to achieving the sustainable development in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Kingdom.


We strongly believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment is an integrated part of policies that design to work towards poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development. Through our local network, we work to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families.


Theodore Menelik-Mfuni sur terrain avec les paysannes
Theodore Menelik-Mfuni site visit with women farmers

Violence against women is one of the most widespread of human rights abuses. One out of every three women will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime. During times of war and conflict, sexual violence is used to terrorise and humiliate women and girls. Survivors often suffer further victimisation by family and society. MENELIK  works to break this cycle of violence by helping survivors to heal, delivering care to victims of sexual assault, and by bringing women together for mutual support. Through innovative skills programmes, we help women gain economic independence. In all of our programmes, MENELIK is committed to the full empowerment and participation of women and girl

Based on our own evidence, if given the right assistance and opportunities, women and young girls can recover from their ordeal and go on to have bright futures.


Our mailing list will keep you up to date on what we are doing and the website gives you far more information about what we do, with pictures and film. For more information please email us at: info@menelikeducation.info

For more information about what we do, please contact us

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MenelikEducation Ltd

 Company number 06630614 / Registered Charity number 1136890


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