The community of Mundau has graduated

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In 2019, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Mundau has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

Mundau (pronounced mun-da-oo) is a group of three neighbourhoods in the state capital Maceio on the north coast of Brazil. A beautiful tropical city surrounded by Atlantic forest, Maceio is popular with tourists and has been a destination for rural migrants looking for a better life. Mundau is part of an impoverished urban district known as a favela near the Mundau Lagoon.

The families in this area are committed to their adopted community and feel strongly about improving their lives there, despite the challenging social and economic conditions. The population experiences a lack of sufficient housing, sanitation, education, health, and infrastructure, and there are high rates of unemployment and infant mortality. The main source of income comes from harvesting shellfish from the lagoon. Some people earn income as domestic workers or bricklayers, although opportunities are scarce.
People in Mundau are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Health and Nutrition
  • The health centre was reopened after years of being closed, providing immunizations and medical care to families.
  • Diseases including measles have been reduced and teens have learned about reproductive health.
  • Reading programs in schools have improved literacy and students now learn in playful, positive environments.
  • More students now attend secondary school and parents are supportive of their children’s education.
  • People were equipped to earn money through small enterprise, with training in business management.
  • A safe, ethical shellfish cooperative involves 50 women and provides after-school classes for their daughters.
  • 1,733 children and teens are developing skills through extracurricular activities including capoeira, music and drama.
*Results for this community updated for 2019

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Mundau has completed Phase 3 in 2019.

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!