"Mwana" is a Congolese word for "child."
Our motto is “One child at a time” because we can’t change the world, but we can change one child’s world. And that is why we do what we do… one child at a time.
Founded in Montreal in 2010, Mwana Villages has been assisting orphans and widows in Congo in various ways. We have also acquired 37 acres (15 hectares) of land, which will be used for farming as a step toward sustainability.
Recognizing the problem of babies being abandoned in the streets of Pointe-Noire, we opened our first home for babies. We received an average of one baby a week in the first eight weeks, thus quickly reaching capacity. We are therefore now working on opening a second home for abandoned babies.
Our founders, Cheryl Walker and Lambert Laki-Laka, with their six children moved to the Congo to be able to take care of things on the ground. Cheryl is a volunteer and a home-schooling mom, and Lambert works for a company in the Congo.
Mwana Villages is a grass-roots charity and a volunteer organization. When you give to Mwana, your money is not going to pay anyone’s big salary. The only salaries Mwana Villages pays are those of locals working to take care of the children we are saving. It is creating local employment, relieving poverty and providing education and training to the young women who work with us, which is a step toward prevention.
"I cry for you, Africa, and the many suffering people you hold in your mighty grip.
I see so much ugliness, yet extreme beauty... it's so hard to grasp.
A child cries in desperation... who will save me? Is anyone listening?
Does anyone know my name? Does anyone care?"