The purpose of this project is for African Children living in America to develop love for themselves and their culture by being exposed to Africa.

The Story Of CWTA

Giving Children A Window To Africa

Children’s Window To Africa (CWTA) was created over 25 years ago by Dr. Valerie Iya Adeniji Lawrence. After being presented with research that demonstrated the power of doing art within our own communities, Iya Adeniji was urged to create a program, primarily housed in public housing communities within the Greater Pittsburgh area, based on these findings.

Initially the Children’s Window to Africa began as a summer program, but after it began to achieve notable results, the program expanded to additional communities eventually operating in almost 20 areas.

Children's Window To Africa - Dr. Valerie Iya Adeniji Lawrence

Harambee

Harambee is a part of our Foundation of the Nguzo Saba and Sankofa as operating blueprint. The Nguzo Saba, the 7 principles of Kwanzaa, give positive direction to our everyday life: unity, collaborative work and responsibility, self-determination, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Foundation

We stand on the foundation of the Nguzo Saba and Sankofa as operating blueprint. The Nguzo Saba, the 7 principles of Kwanzaa, give positive direction to our everyday life.

Our Mission & Philosophy

To create enjoyable, enriching opportunities and a safe environment for children to learn to value and appreciate their cultural heritage. We strive to do this in order to preserve this heritage, encourage artistic expression, and increase each child’s possibility of cultural, spiritual, intellectual, and social wealth.
Children's Window To Africa - Partners - Women

CWTA Partners

Children’s Window To Africa (CWTA) works with partners who help facilitate our work. Our primary partners are the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh (PA), Family Resources and Reaching Back. Click the button below to learn more about our partners.

The Children's Collection

The Council Of Elders

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