The Children in Distress Network (CINDI), founded in July 1996, is a multi-sectoral network of over 400 civil society and government agencies - non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community based organisations (CBOs), faith based organisations (FBOs), local and regional government departments in KZN - capable of implementing diverse, effective and sustainable programmes for children affected by HIV and Aids in the province of KwaZulu Natal and in other parts of South Africa.
Through its members, CINDI’s work affects 300 000 orphaned & vulnerable children, with its smaller organisations reaching 46 000 children alone. The average is 50 - 60% girls across age groups. Members interact with 1399 Child Headed Households (CHH) and 947 Youth Headed Households (YHH) working with 2 242 crèches, 589 primary schools, 537 high schools. Members play a role in 3625 community & household gardens & 294 school gardens.