Cunina in South Africa
In 2002, Cunina visited South Africa, KwaZulu Natal to be exact, after two world travelers contacted Cunina to tell the organization about the harrowing situation in this South African region. The travelers were already familiar with the work of Cunina in Brazil and they were firmly convinced that the organization could help the region of KwaZulu Natal.
A couple of months later, Cunina started their first child sponsorship list. The Cunina godchildren are mostly situated in the hills of Eshowe, a very poor town. Because of the high morbidity and high mortality rate caused by the AIDS epidemic, the high labor migration rate and high unemployment rate, a lot of children live in families with one or no income.
This income is barely enough to pay for the basic necessities of the family. Paying the school fee and all other costs involved puts a lot of pressure on these families with a small income.
Different child sponsorship lists and projects have been started in Eshowe, Margate and Underberg since the visit of Cunina in 2002. This includes the construction of family homes for orphans and the building of skill centers.