Founded in 1997 by Dominican missionaries, the Angolan Institute Mosaiko was the first non-profit institution to explicitly take the promotion of human rights in Angola as its mission.
Guided by a strong social commitment, it aims for respect for human dignity and the development of Angolan society, with the contribution of one and all.
"God continually draws men from darkness toward the light of the Good News of Jesus Christ. He always called men and women to worship him and to proclaim His name. Dominic of Guzman heard this appeal in the cries of men and women of his time and responded with a message of hope and liberation. Right from the start, there were some who followed in his footsteps. Today, Dominicans are aware, as was St. Dominic, of the needs of the times. [...] We are open to the world, celebrating the goodness of creation, and are encouraged to use our freedom and to develop the gifts God has given us" (Bologna Document, 1983).
Since its foundation in the thirteenth century, the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) has been dedicated to preaching the Word of God and to promoting the Human Being as an entity. The fundamental dimensions of its charisma - community life, prayer, and continuous and systematic study of the Word of God, as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities - are totally oriented toward preaching and the promotion of human life. Since the beginnings of the Order, this role has been shared by different groups - nuns, brothers, sisters and lay persons - constituting in this way a Dominican family that performs its task in complementarity.
Throughout its history, this way of living has inspired generations to carry out anonymous works, with some initiatives and figures standing out. For instance, in the thirteenth century, the first University of Paris operated in the newly founded priory of the Dominicans; in the troubled fourteenth century, a lay Dominican, Catherine of Siena, played an important role in European politics by convincing the Pope to return to Rome; in the sixteenth century, in the heart of the New World, Bartolome de las Casas introduced anti-slavery preaching to a small Dominican community, and later, as a Dominican, began a relentless fight in favour of the native populations; during this period, another Dominican, Francis Vitoria, a teacher at the University of Salamanca, laid the groundwork for what would become international law; more recently, in the twentieth century, French Dominican, Louis-Francois Lebret (who drafted the encyclical "Populorum Progressio") launched the ‘Economy and Humanism' movement, dedicated to cooperation and development.
It is in this multi-secular tradition that the Dominicans in Angola were inspired to create Mosaiko | Institute for Citizenship.