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The life of Brighton High School graduate Angel Mollel began to change earlier this year, thanks to her dad and her volunteer work. He nominated Mollel for a Denver television station’s Remarkable …
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The life of Brighton High School graduate Angel Mollel began to change earlier this year, thanks to her dad and her volunteer work. He nominated Mollel for a Denver television station’s Remarkable Women of Colorado contest.
“I didn’t even know that he did it until I received a phone call from the KDVR station, telling me that I made it to the top four,” she said. “KDVR did not single out any of my projects. They were interested in the journey that helped me get to where I am and the work that 1Love does. They were just amazed with everything that we have been able to do so far.”
The word came from the TV station April 1.
“They announced that I won within the four women,” Mollel said. “Because of my journey from a Maasai village (in Tanzania) to the United States and my work in 1Love, I was blessed with this award.”
1Love is her long-distance effort to help residents of her village.
“I have always wanted to help my village ever since I arrived in the States in 2012, and I did indeed help them since 2012,” she said. “But in 2018, we finally gave all the work a name. I decided that since I am helping my village every day, I should give the service a name. My friends and I thought about starting a nonprofit; then my father helped me come up with the name 1Love.”
Mollel said her most important project is educating children.
“Because like Tony (her dad, Tony Matteroli) did for me, I want to give the children a chance to have bright futures, big dreams and a chance to help their families in the future,” she said. “Education is changing many Maasai lives, and I am just providing the means to access it.”
There’s a personal reward, too, for Mollel, who is a freshman at the University of Colorado.
“The most rewarding part for me is seeing all the changes in the village and people being aware of Maasai People and the 1Love organization,” she said.
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