Our Story

2010    Following a research trip to Congo to discern areas of most significant need, co-Founders Cheryl (Canadian) and Lambert (Congolese) Laki-Laka along with a small team of board members formed Canada-based nonprofit Mwana Villages. Partnered with local pastor to build Siloé shelter for street children.

2012    Laki-Laka family moved to Congo with their six children as self-supported missionaries. Mwana Villages began supporting holistically marginalized and vulnerable families in the community.

2014   Opening of Mwana Home, refuge for orphaned and vulnerable children. Hiring of full Congolese staff as caregivers, house manager, and community liaison

2015    Mwana registers as a U.S. nonprofit; Mwana engages in groundbreaking discussions with governmental and judicial representatives in Congo to address systemic fraud, child trafficking, and to present best practices for high-standards ethical holistic orphan care.

2016    Ceremony for inaugural site of Mwana Villages in Bouansa, future self-sustaining farm site; Donation of two parcels of land in Nkayi, Congo; Invited to replicate childcare model throughout the country.