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Welcome to CINDI

The Children in Distress Network (CINDI), founded in July 1996, is a multi-sectoral network of over 200 civil society organisations capable of implementing diverse, effective and sustainable programmes for children and youth infected or affected by HIV & AIDS in the province of KZN. Membership is comprised of 80% community based organisations (CBOs) and 20% non-governmental organisations (NGOs).  The vision of the organisation is to ensure children and caregivers access their constitutional rights through processes of collaboration leading to community driven action. They aim to achieve this by networking and capacity building contextually with the purpose of improving the lives of children, youth and their caregivers using methods that are child-centred and youth friendly.  CINDI is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO). 

CINDI has been implementing child and youth programmes through its CBO and NGO network members in KZN for the last 21 years. For the past two years, we have  successfully implemented a young women and girls (YWG) programme in uMgungundlovu and eThekwini Districts, reaching a total of 10 000 YWG aged 10-24 years.  This is being done through NGO and CBO partners with good track records of service delivery in both districts.   

We would like to encourage you to get involved in our projects. Donations, CSI funds and in-kind donations are all welcome and given CINDI’s PBO status, you will be provided with a tax exemption certificate.




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CINDI’s strategy is to deliver Innovative Models of Participation that Activate Communities to access their rights.We achieve this through:

  1. Promoting community activism to achieve collective impact.
  2. Developing sustainable and innovative models for systemic change.
  3. Creating strategic partnerships at the micro,mezzo and macro levels.
  4. Capacity Building Communities through research,advocacy,mobilizing resources and providing access to information.
  5. Ensuring our methodologies include child participation.