Alongside the large and traditional actors of the National Migration Network such as Caritas, UNHCR and IOM, Mawon is now part of CEIPARM and is part of the important debates about migration in Brazil.
Mawon was founded by Mélanie and Robert (Bob) Montinard in 2017, 7 years after their arrival in Brazil. The Franco-Haitian couple came from a career in international cooperation between Haiti and Brazil and have extensive experience in the topic of migration.
Bob, a Haitian cultural producer, has 18 years of experience in conflict mediation and develops cultural projects aimed at the visibility of migrant stories. Mélanie, besides 15 years of professional experience in the sector, has academic experience, having her doctorate in Anthropology from the National Museum / UFRJ in studies on Haitian mobility.
Mawon comes from the Haitian Creole word that has a strong meaning in Haiti's political history: the marronnage - a name given to describe a slave's escape from his master's estate in America, the Caribbean, or the Mascarene Islands in colonial times. The fugitive himself was called brown brown or black, nèg mawon. Today, UNESCO recognizes this Haitian “slave marronage” on 23/08 as the International Day of Remembrance of Slave Trade and its Abolition. We believe that every migrant is a nèg mawon in achieving their life project.
Video produced by Lab Oi Futuro about the experience of Mélanie Montinard, co-founder of Mawon. Since 2017, the social business has been accompanying migrants from various parts of the world during the process of immersion and acceptance in Brazilian culture.
Video produced by Canal Futura in 2017 telling a little of Bob Montinard's story.