The community of Mundau has graduated

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:
  • Stronger partnerships have been established between schools and community groups.
  • Children have learned about their rights, anti-bullying, internet safety and child labour.
  • Youth have stronger self-esteem—they have dreams for the future and better relationships with others.
  • Children and youth understand their rights and have more confidence to speak in class.
  • Youth and adults have been educated about women’s health, including domestic violence and gender relations.
  • Teens learned about reproductive health and avoiding early pregnancy.
  • Children and teens learned about protecting themselves from sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • 40 youth are involved in a public policy group where they advocate for policies that take young people into account.
  • 1,809 children and teens have been involved in the fight against child labour in partnership with local government.
  • Through children’s clubs and the toy library, 415 children have learned to protect themselves.
  • Parenting workshops have educated caretakers about their vital roles in their children’s development.
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Mundau

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.


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!