As CINDI celebrates its 21st year of existence, their goal to help build communities and support children in need still stands.
The Children In Distress Network, known as CINDI, is a Pietermaritzburg-based network of organisations that work with vulnerable children. The network operates across KZN but primarily around Pietermaritzburg and is also part of a global network alliance called Family for Every Child.
Neill Stevenson, the programme manager spearheading the May’khethele (our choice, our future) Programme, said Pietermaritzburg provided the first leadership of the global network alliance as the director of CINDI, Rekha Nathoo, was elected as the first president of the alliance in 2012.
“I think it’s amazing that this local NGO that just turned 21 is affiliated with this global alliance and brings that global influence into the local context to serve the young people of ’Maritzburg better,” said Stevenson.
Stevenson said the network consisted of a couple of hundred non-government and community-based organisations who work together to assist and support vulnerable children and those directly or indirectly affected by HIV and Aids.