Mundau's Community is graduating

Mundau’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all  its children, not just those who are sponsored. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Mundau get there. Thank you!

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.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Mundau has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these 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.

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!