Voice in the Wilderness Organization (VWO), is a nonprofit, humanitarian community based organization. VWO headquarters in Minnesota, U.S.A. We partner with other local organizations to provide settlement and integration services to Congolese refugees to help facilitate and enhance the quality of life of Congolese by providing the essential basic human services and achieve stability and move toward a healthy integration as they replant their lives in Minnesota.
Founded by refugees,
To serve refugees
Kilo Kisongo and Djuma Mkata, both refugees from the war-ravaged region of Fizi, founded VWO in 2012 in order to address the evident need for greater support among the growing population of Congolese refugees in Minnesota.
What We Do
Refugees face many daunting challenges following their relocation. They must learn a new language, social structure, and legal system, all while seeking to heal from the traumatic circumstances they fled. Every step of resettlement is a new lesson. How do I rent an apartment? Register for school? Access health care? Get a driver's license? Find a job?
Thankfully, no one needs to face these challenges alone. As refugees ourselves, familiar with the needs of refugees in Minnesota, we are committed to building a network of support and mentorship accessible to any recent refugee in need.