Our vision is to inspire resilience, hope and possibilities in the children, youth and widows we serve.
MissionThe Msenwa Foundation exists to relieve poverty by providing financial, spiritual and professional support to African widows, children and youth who are disadvantaged and may not otherwise be able to access the residential, social, economical, educational and medical resources necessary to help to lift them out of poverty.
MF is founded upon respect for the people and rich cultures of the African continent. We are committed to ensuring that our programs directly reflect the priorities and needs that local children, youth and widows voice. MF recognizes that their members may have diverse talents, voices, resources and needs. Decisions undertaken on behalf of the organization are made with the greatest respect and support of these differences.
Integrity and Accountability
The MF has the highest level of integrity in its administrative, service, and outreach activities; we tie these activities directly to our mission, and we maintain and report our records accurately.
The MF knows that people’s needs vary significantly and can change over time; we seek to understand the individual beneficiary and co-create the right supports for each person’s development.
The MF demonstrates compassionate support and concern for people in need and their families. As part of this caring attitude, we see education as a two-way street: we educate and inform beneficiaries and their communities through formal and informal educational opportunities and we also educate ourselves on the strengths, skills and needs of beneficiaries.
Cooperation & Collaboration
MF recognizes the benefits that accrue to the people we serve, staff and stakeholders when we share our resources, expertise, time and energy.
MF intends to be a nimble, flexible and dynamic organization, able and willing to adapt to the evolving needs of the people we serve, stakeholders and the shifting landscape of technology.
The Msenwa Foundation is led by a dynamic Board of Directors that is passionate about creating conditions for empowerment among children, youth and widows.
Directors: Cory Toutant, Christine Flato, Tracy Toutant, Cam Campbell
Founder and Executive Director: Msenwa Oliver Mweneake
The Msenwa Foundation was born out of the ministry of Grandpa Msenwa Atanda, who dedicated his life to caring for and ministering to widows/vulnerable women and orphans in DR Congo and in Nyarugusu refugee camp (Kigoma, Tanzania). Before his death in 2005 in Nyarugusu refugee camp, he entrusted this vision to his grandson, Msenwa Oliver Mweneake. Eleven years later, this vision is rebirthed through The Msenwa Foundation. The Msenwa Foundation is founded upon respect for the people and rich cultures of the African continent. We are committed to ensuring that our programs directly reflect the priorities and needs that local children, youth and widows voice. Furthermore, the children, youth and widows that we serve are an integral part of our decision-making.
Msenwa Oliver Mweneake is a Canadian of Congolese origin who while 15-year-old he witnessed the killing of his people in the 1996-1997 Congolese war. Msenwa spent 15 years of his life as a refugee in Tanzania (Nyarugusu Camp), Nairobi Kenya and Burundi before being given a change to immigrate to Canada in 2011. From fleeing war to working towards healing his homeland to finding new life and love in Canada, Msenwa is now inspiring hope and possibilities to countless Congolese and fellow African. A war survivor and refugee for many years myself, I know what it means to go hungry for days and having someone invest in you. I reflect on the countless times I was without medical care, food, shoes, shelter, family, and stability, but I hold no bitterness from these experiences. I now long for victims to regain hope just as others restored mine. I welcome you to join me on this journey of changing lives. My undergraduate education (in Burundi) and master’s degree (in Kenya) were all paid by ordinary people who chose to make a difference in my life. Without their love and financial support, I would not have been able to complete my university education.