Humana People to People

Humana People to People

  • Education

    Education

    The Humana People to People Teacher Training program trains primary school teachers who are determined to teach in rural areas, where teachers are most needed.

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  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    Humana People to People trains small-scale farmers in sustainable agriculture practices among them as conservation farming, and equips the farmers with knowledge.

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  • Community Development

    Community Development

    Community Development program builds the capacity of 3,000 families and their communities to work towards the common goal of improving their children’s lives.

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  • Health

    Health

    Humana People to People is helping to fight the spread of major infectious, communicable and prevalent diseases through three community mobilization for prevention programs.

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  • Environment

    Environment

    Humana People to People’s work to combat climate change began nearly 20 years ago. Our Farmers’ Clubs, community development activities and clothes recycling actions all have a positive environmental impact.

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  • Clothes Collections

    Clothes Collections

    Humana People to People clothing collection and sales program is proactively for environmental protection and recycling.

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Welcome to Humana People To People

Humana People to People is a network of 31 organisations engaged in international solidarity, cooperation and development in Europe, Africa, Asia and the americas.

What we do

Education - The Humana People to People Teacher Training program trains primary school teachers who are determined to teach in rural areas and know how to involve children, parents and other teachers in education and community development. The Vocational Schools offer young people training in a number of theoretical and practical subjects, comprising a secondary education as well as vocational training. The training aims at augmenting job preparedness and opportunities for people, also when it takes place in shorter courses. The primary and secondary schools are creating education opportunities for children who have dropped out of school or for other reasons need a special opportunity. Many other programs integrate an educational component, implementing adult literacy and short skills training courses to increase participants’ capacity to create economic and social development for themselves and their families.

Agriculture and Rural Development - The Farmers’ Clubs program organizes and builds capacity and opportunities among small scale farmers to increase their productivity, crop quality and links to viable markets. The program introduces improved agricultural techniques and provides a forum to develop the skills and experience of participating farmers. The program puts focus on improved soil and water management and adaptation to climate changes.

Clothes Collection Globally - Citizens of Europe and USA’s major cities become partners in development by donating their used clothes and shoes. Humana People to People turns these clothes with zero value into products with considerable value through this climate-friendly business model. Income is generated internationally and locally for development programs while creating jobs and stimulating economic growth in the receiving countries.

Fighting Climate Change - Climate change mitigation and adaptation methods are shared among the community and a movement of activism is encouraged to reduce as well as reverse the negative effects of climate change. Communities join together to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable and climate-friendly way. In Europe and the USA, operations have a mitigation component where promotion of secondhand clothing reduces the environmental impact of textile production and waste.

Promoting Health and Fighting Diseases - Health-oriented programs empower people to take charge of their health through many different initiatives. Total Control of the Epidemic –TCE and HOPE Humana both deal with the HIV and AIDS and TB epidemics. Community Health Agents programs deal with basic health and specifically with reproductive, maternal and child health. Sanitation and health are further applied as cross-cutting issues in other lines of work.

Other Humana People to People programs - Local needs and opportunities see Humana People to People members engage in some programs outside these main lines of work. These programs largely include nutrition and microfinance programs, along with the introduction of education for development programs in Europe. Education for development in particular is gaining importance in industrialized countries as governments reduce their aid budgets.

Who we are

The Federation of Associations connected to the International Humana People to People Movement is a network of autonomous development organizations, located in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The 31 members of The Federation are all locally registered and are independent development organizations, operating within the context of their country and with their own development agenda. The members work together in The Federation based on

The Charter for Humana People to People and seek to optimize the impact of the development actions each of the members is engaged in. In collaboration with populations around the globe, our aim is to foster peaceful societies, individual human progress and sustainable development. Development is a process in which we engage ourselves as people joining with other people, overcoming challenges and creating progress. In collaboration with populations around the globe, our aim is to foster empowered local communities to be the drivers of their own change.

Members of the Federation include the following organisations: Development Aid from People to People (DAPP), Humana People to People, U-landshjälp från Folk till Folk (UFF) , Humana Pueblo para Pueblo, Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP). There are currently 31 member development organizations connected to the International Federation Humana People to People Movement.

Get Involved

Development work needs many people who aid the development process in the quest to achieve a lasting impact among the vulnerable members of society.

Humana People to People as such invites partners who have financial capacity to aid with the necessary funding which is crucial in carrying out the project activities. The development funds will go a long mile in addressing the challenges among them illiteracy, hunger, HIV and AIDS, maternal deaths and poverty as a whole. The expansion of such benefiting programs is made possible by the availability of funding.

Successful Clothes Collection in USA and Europe all depends on the participation of various members of the public in depositing their used clothes in Humana People to People’s or Planet Aid Inc’s clothes bins. The move helps with creating double value to both funding charity work and protecting the environment. Reduce your carbon emission by dropping your used clothes in one of our clothes bin/bank near you.

Development Volunteers contribute with many advisory ideas in the form of the smooth running of the projects, intellect in specific fields of work as well as reaching out to the project’s targeted population. Join Humana People to People projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America as a Poverty Fighter or a Development Instructor. The volunteers stand a chance of actively involving themselves with transforming the communities by taking part in the project actions.

GIVE A DONATION
You can donate funds to train a teacher, support children to go to school or families to become food secure. See how you can easily donate funds and join in making a difference through our member Planet Aid.

BECOME A DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER
Humana People to People members offer positions for international volunteers through the Development Instructor Program. You can read more about this on the websites of the schools we cooperate with.

BECOME A PARTNER
Partnership development remains crucial for progress and success in the 2030 UN Agenda to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. If you want to become a partner, contact one of our members or write to us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DONATE CLOTHING
Humana People to People members collect second hand clothes and shoes with the principal objective of using any surplus to support social and educational projects in Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America. You can donate your clothes to members in Europe and USA.

BUY CLOTHING
Members have stores where you can purchase original and quality clothing that is hard to find in conventional stores. It is Sustainable Fashion. In these same stores, you can also read about Humana's work and how your purchase is helping to finance projects for human development.

 

HUMANA DAY 2017 Access to Energy

HUMANA DAY 2017 - Access to Energy

Today, one in five people across the world still lack access to modern electricity. This lack of access to reliable sources of energy has far-reaching implications across almost every area of our lives. It has a central role in producing and preparing the food we eat and the water we drink,  how we move throughout the day and night, the amount of time we can dedicate to daily tasks, as well as how we receive information and interact with each other. However globally, 1.1 billion people still do not have access to electricity, and about 2.9 billion still use solid fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal and dung, for cooking and heating. 

The socioeconomic benefits of access to reliable and affordable sources of energy are well-documented. Children can read and do homework in the evenings, and families can listen to the radio or watch television. Farmers can use water more efficiently, health clinics and stores can open during longer hours, and people can move about more safely at night. Particularly for women in rural areas of many developing countries, access to energy can save hours of time and physical effort: water pumps mean that water no longer needs to be physically drawn from wells, processing machines mean that hours no longer need to be spent pounding cereals, and cooking can be done without exposing women and children in particular to harmful smoke from wood or kerosene. It is clear that people need access to efficient and affordable sources of energy in order to achieve long-term sustainable development. However, in Europe for example, fossil fuels are responsible for 42% of all gross electricity generation. Developing countries face an immense challenge in expanding energy supply, which is crucial for development, in a way that limits greenhouse gas emissions.  Where possible Humana People to People members have begun integrating renewable energies into rural development programs, empowering communities to take the lead on certain aspects of access.

Sustainable Energy for All

 

 

Sustainable Development Goal 7 is for universal access to modern, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy services by 2030. In order to achieve this, the global community needs to radically re-think existing models and ensure that governments, communities and the private sector work together to expand infrastructures, upgrade technologies and provide the resources and support necessary for people to access energy in the hardest to reach communities.

Renewable energies are becoming cheaper, and large-scale solar plants are now able to produce cheaper power than new fossil and nuclear power in many countries. Even in hard-to-reach areas, off-grid options provide communities with the opportunity to achieve energy supply through mini-grids and even individual household solutions. However, there are many reasons for the energy poverty that exists today; untapped renewable options, inefficient utilities, and perceived investment risks are just a few. Furthermore, the concept of access to energy itself is complex, as it can refer to household or community level, for personal or public use. Even within a family home, energy access can mean different things. It could be for light, cooking or heat, water, or all of these things together. Furthermore, the gaps in funding, capacity, access and availability of technologies, know-how on utilization and local capacity for maintenance support must be covered in order to any initiatives to become sustainable.

Humana & Sustainable Energy 

Over the last decade, Humana has had the opportunity to address some of these gaps in the communities they work in, through three programs in particular:

Solar power for community facilities in Guinea Bissau

ADPP Guinea Bissau implemented the Renewable Energy for Local Development in Bissora project from 2011-2016, establishing off-grid stand-alone solar power systems in 51 community facilities. In total, these included 24 community centres, 11 schools, 7 health centres and 9 mosques. Facilities provide light and power for small AC appliances. The project also established 36 solar-powered pump systems including water tank and distribution system to communities and fields. Furthermore, ADPP staff and communities constructed 7 community processing centres. 

The project has had a significant impact on the lives of approximately 14,000 people across the 24 villages it was implemented in. Community centres have become a place where people can watch football and movies, as well as organise community events and celebrations. Some community centres and schools have begun adult literacy classes, particularly for women, and community preschools for young children. Young people interviewed during the evaluation period reported an increased feeling of community resulting from having a central point in the village to gather and have access to information and entertainment through televised events.

Furthermore, project activities have had significant implications for women in participating communities. Solar powered water pumps for both household and agricultural use has meant a reduction in the physical effort required from women to collect water. In villages where community processing centres have been opened, users can now process their main crops in minutes, instead of spending hours pounding them the traditional way. “I have more energy now,” explained Domingas Chas, one participant from Culucunhe village. “My body doesn’t hurt at the end of the day anymore.”  

Biogas for families in India

 

Humana People to People India has implemented two phases of the “Biogas for Enhanced Quality of Life” project since 2011. As of the end of 2016, 400 biogas plants had been constructed across 100 villages in the Dausa district of Rajasthan in order to increase access to clean energy for cooking and lighting.  

HPPI worked with local masons and connected families to available government subsidies to encourage the uptake of biogas as an alternative to more commonly used dung cakes and wood for cooking and heating. For these purposes, self-produced gas is not only cheaper, but also does not produce smoke, which can be harmful for those who are most-often exposed such as women and children. In addition, the by-product of biogas production can be used as an alternative to common fertilizers with the potential to further reduce costs linked to agricultural production. The project evaluation revealed that 99.3% of participants were using the plants for fuel and 94% were using by-product as fertilizer in their fields. Women in the project reported saving an average of 3.3 hours per day on daily tasks, primarily due to a significant reduction in the need for firewood and dung cakes, as well as being able to prepare food more quickly. Many women also reported a reduction in eye and throat problems, which could have been due to high exposure to smoke.

Solar Lanterns in Mozambique

ADPP Mozambique carried out “The Solar Energy Project” between 2011 and 2014 with in the Quissanga and Ancuabe Districts of Cabo Delgado Province in the north of the country. The project established 40 solar charging stations which rent rechargeable solar lanterns to local communities and also provide phone charging services. The project trained 40 solar power station managers and an additional 200 small business entrepreneurs to build demand for lanterns and strengthen income generation capacity among participants. 

Being able to rent lanterns has had several important benefits for both the community and small business owners. Shop keepers have been able to extend their operating hours to after dark; bakers are now able to prepare their bread and other products outside market hours; and several barber shops have also opened, charging their razors at the solar power stations. Other community members also report that costs for lighting have been reduced and children are now able to study after dark.

Conclusions 

It is clear from these three examples that the impact of Humana’s work with communities to increase access to renewable sources to energy is significant and positive. However, there remain significant gaps to be filled. The traditional model of large-scale grids servicing large populations will not meet the needs of people living with no or limited access to energy. New approaches must be developed that cater to people in developing countries that include addressing imbalances in access to energy and resources for women in particular in order to guarantee that all members of a given community enjoy the benefits of energy access equitably.  

The particular needs and constraints of communities where Humana works present both significant challenges and impressive opportunities for different actors to work together towards achieving SDG7. Communities are taking the lead where financial and human capacity obstacles can be overcome with support from Humana members, however efforts must be significantly increased in order to achieve reliable, affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030.

 

 

 

 

 

Reducing HIV infection among Adolescent Girls & Young Women of South Africa

Girls and young women account for over 70 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, and nearly 1,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV every day. It is a fact that adolescent girls and young women are at higher risk of HIV infection for a range of biological and socioeconomic reasons, including poverty, gender inequality and limited access to youth-friendly health services. 

The DREAMS Initiative for Adolescent Girls and Young Women program is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries and South Africa is part of. Through Dreams Initiative, Humana People to People in South Africa is aiming to reduce HIV infection among Adolescent Girls and Young Women of South Africa and is currently being implemented in KwaZulu Natal province. Funded by FHI360, the program targets girls whose age group falls in the bracket of 10 – 19 years and young women and their male sexual partners between the ages of 20 – 24 years, including males that are sexually active aged 25 – 49 years. 

The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe women. Humana People to People’s main focus in this program is to empower Girls and Young Women with tools that they can use to prevent HIV infection and also to be able to protect their selves. Activities are carried out reaching men with the objective of reducing the risk of male sex partners infecting the adolescent girls and young women with HIV. Campaigns, based on avoiding HIV contraction and stopping the spread of HIV, are carried out through providing basic HIV Counseling and Testing Services, condom promotion and provision. Again in this program, strengthening health linkages and referrals remain a top priority. 

The DREAMS Initiative for Adolescent Girls and Young Women program is part of a larger Humana People to People program called Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE), a systematic community mobilization drive against HIV, AIDS and TB. TCE targets communities with door-to-door campaigns, raising awareness, providing counseling, making referrals, distributing condoms, promoting male medical circumcision (MMC), encouraging pregnant women to attend prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs (PMTCT), home-based testing and collaborating with local health structures to combat the spread of HIV, AIDS and TB.

 

 

Social isolation, economic disadvantage, discriminatory cultural norms, orphanhood, gender-based violence, and school drop-out all contribute to girls’ vulnerability to HIV. The DREAMS initiative goes beyond health to address these factors – a key to reaching the Sustainable Development Goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

TCE Field Officers contribute in many ways to Humana People to People South Africa’s progress towards achieving these goals. The following overview highlights some of the key activities according to the implementation plan of the DREAMS program objectives:

  • Door-to-door (Systematic Home Based Testing) 

TCE Field Officers conduct door to door campaigns, to reach people in their respective homes with the information on HIV. 

  • Workplace Program

TCE Field Officers also visit various workplaces to ensure that all the people are reached with HIV and AIDS information and receive HIV counseling and testing. 

  • Mobile

Mobile services are provided in areas where Humana People to People South Africa can access a high number of Multiple Sexual Partners and Adolescent Girls and Young Women. These areas are identified by the field officers. The targeted population is also reached during events and campaigns.

“DREAMS is a blueprint of hope. If we prevent new HIV infections among young women and girls, we can reduce new HIV infections globally by 90%. All the girls here have dreams and I have a dream too—that we keep our young girls safe and aids-free.” Deborah Birx, United States Global AIDS coordinator 

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