Lwini Foundation

The Lwini Foundation is an aid organization in Angola . Founded by first lady of Angola Ana Paula dos Santos (wife of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos ) as the Lwini Fund on 30 June 1998, it caters to civilian victims of land mines and other disabilities . [1] The foundation’s activities include rehabilitation of schools, construction of training centers, and repairing rural villages. In 2010, the name was changed to the current Lwini Foundation. [2]


Objectives include: [3]

  • The promotion of advocacy and awareness actions for the disabled victims, their families and families of others impacted during and after conflicts.
  • And the provision of medical services and the provision of medical services.
  • Establishment of employment access through livelihood support and capacity building.
  • Government commitment on policies and plans
  • Joint sensitization and awareness on the prevention of land mines.
  • Livelihood sensitization through group discussions on the importance of agriculture and economic livelihood emphasizing on effective sustenance.
  • Developing initiatives that would provide rural community loans for women and widows, sustainable livelihood etc.
  • Partnership with various organizations to tackle various sectors such as; food, shelter, healthcare, livelihood, etc.


As of April 2017, the Lwini Foundation is headed by President Ana Paula dos Santos and Vice President Joana Lina Ramos Baptista. [4]


“Lwini” means a woman and a princess in the Luvale language (east of Angola), who gives the wave of the wind, while reflecting the various daytime sunshades. [5]

The Lwini logo represents protection: a woman protecting her child against existing mines in Chanas, the community of adults protecting the young ones in the community, and the community protecting its members. [6]


Some of Lwini Foundation activities in recent years:

  • Delivering wheelchairs to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities [7]
  • Commissioning a center for visually impaired students Faculty of Agostinho Law Neto University in Luanda [8]
  • The presentation of the Palanca Parade Project, Gala of the Lwini Foundation [9]


  1. Jump up^ “Angola:” Lwini “Fund launches collection of works on landmines victims” . Reliefweb . November 6, 2007 . Retrieved 24 April 2017 .
  2. Jump up^ “Lwini Fund changes into foundation” . Angop.ao . June 30, 2010.
  3. Jump up^ “Objectivos” . FundacaoLwini .
  4. Jump up^ “estrutra” . Fundacaolwini .
  5. Jump up^ “Fundação Lwini activa e solidária” . Jornaldeangola . 16 June 2013.
  6. Jump up^ http://www.fundacaolwini.org/a-fundacao/o-simbolo-lwini/Founder’s BiographyFundacaolwini
  7. Jump up^ http://m.portalangop.co.ao/angola/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2015/11/49/Angola-Lwini-Foundation-offers-160-wheelchairs,c3524ab2-cf74-4234-98a7-3c6df51a39a1 .html Portalangop3rd December 2015
  8. Jump up^ http://m.portalangop.co.ao/angola/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2015/5/25/Lwini-Foundation-opens-office-support-visual-impaired-students.98216f67-b776-4f2c -993e-617dcb2e58bd.html17th June 2015
  9. Jump up^ http://www.welcometoangola.co.ao/_palanca_parade_presentation_at_lwini_foundation_gala WelcometoAngolaJune 2013

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