Mendy Grauman


'Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.” ― Neil Gaiman


Mendy is the director of Cadena South Africa. He joined Cadena as a volunteer on a relief mission to Mozambique following Cyclone Idai where he soon discovered a passion for humanitarian work.

Mendy also has a film and photography company, Self-Aweh Productions


  • Disaster Management

  • Education

  • Volunteering

Cadena is an international humanitarian non-profit organization committed to providing aid to people affected by natural disasters around the world; and develop long lasting, cost efficient solutions that enhance the quality of living for vulnerable communities. Cadena's ethos of "hand to hand" ensures help is delivered to where it is needed, when it is needed. The organization has been so successful, that it is expanding to more than seven countries.

Born 10 years ago, as a result of the hurricane Stan. Five friends from Mexico City wanted to not only send food via the Red Cross, but they wanted to go themselves, and give the food and products to the people that needed them the most. When they arrived, they saw that the most needed people did not always get what they needed. Hence this is the driving force - to work with the most vulnerable communities without intermediaries. In South Africa and Southern Africa, the focus will be on both humanitarian need, as well as disaster management response.