Mundau's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2017

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.
  • 186 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 70 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 4 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 581 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 42 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps               

Explore Mundau

current conditions

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

The needs in Mundau

Health Care
With a lack of information about basic preventative health measures, and no health-care facility nearby, parents are limited in their ability to properly care for their children. Only 57% of families have access to safe drinking water. Just half the population has garbage-collection services, and only 10% have proper sanitation facilities. Most of Mundau's houses are made of inadequate materials and do not provide proper protection from the elements.

There is only one public elementary school in Mundau. Children often fall behind in their studies, leading to higher dropout rates. Most teenagers do not complete middle school because their parents cannot afford to continue sending them to school. With no recreational spaces in Mundau and few employment opportunities, young people can be vulnerable to illicit drug and gang activity, as well as sexual exploitation and early pregnancy.

Economic Development
About 53% of families are unemployed, and many live on less than half the amount of minimum wage. Most families in Mundau earn a living by working in service industries or by harvesting shellfish. Although shellfish harvesting is profitable, a lack of cooperation among workers forces them to sell their catch to middlemen for 20% of the real value. Access to loans and opportunities for commercialization are limited, and neither families nor the community have opportunities for growth.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Mundau,  is in Phase 3

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!