Republic of Congo: Rachel Mbuyi Bijila

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Rachel Mbuyi Bijila is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is the youngest of her family. From an early age she has been shy and a bit slow to make friends. Around age five Rache…” />


Rachel Mbuyi Bijila is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is the youngest of her family. From an early age she has been shy and a bit slow to make friends. Around age five Rachel discovered her hidden talent for dancing and singing. Rachel’s mother awakened her interest in fashion when she taught her how to sew at the age of eight. Rachel’s true inspirations came at age ten when she discovered Beyoncé Knowles; she has a deep admiration for the talented singer’s fashion sense and showmanship.
Rachel moved to America when she was fourteen years old. She attended Birdville High School, where she was involved in many school activities such as Choir, Dance, Theater, Fashion Marketing, and Apparel. Rachel graduated in May 2011. She’s now attending the Tarrant County Community College as a full-time student, and is hoping to transfer to the University of North Texas, to major in Fashion Design and Minor in Performing art.
Inspired by her mother’s generous soul, Rachel always dreamed of helping communities in Africa. When she discovered the Miss Africa USA Pageant, which is a scholarship program empowering young women to help communities in Africa, she knew that it would provide the best opportunity to help others; and today she is proudly representing the Republic of Congo. Because of her experience as an orphan at a very young age and knowing how it is like to rely on herself, Rachel chose the platform of helping street Children obtain shelter, education, and a better life. She created a charity “The voice for a better D.R.C/Africa”, to raise awareness and financial aid in order to support homeless children in Africa, war refugees and raped victims in D.R.C Goma. With the help of her sister, Olive who is currently living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rachel was able to make a donation to an orphanage in D.R.Congo. Rachel is now sponsoring another child in Uganda, and hoping with a little more financial support, to do the same with other underprivileged children. She really hopes to do the same in Rwanda, in order to pass on a message of peace between both countries.