Humana People to People
Our Partner Organization
Humana People to People is a federation of 43 national organizations located in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America. From a humble beginning in 1977, Humana People to People has grown into a recognized international organization with an impressive track record and a solid reputation of seriousness in development work. Humana People to People member organizations run over 600 development projects and reach 12 million people on a daily basis.
Here is shortly about the main sectors of work that takes place at projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America:
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
Food security is a big issue for The Poor in developing countries and with the effects of global warming and climate change, it will get even worse. Humana People to People members are organizing smallholder farmers in Farmers’ Clubs of 50 members. The overall objective of the Farmers’ Clubs program is to train and organize smallholder farmers to create community structures, which will assist them in maximizing their returns on labor investment and other inputs, to produce enough and healthy food to feed their communities all year round and ultimately improve their living standards.
Apart from this, food production is an integrated part of all Humana People to People’s projects. In some countries, members are also running Agricultural Schools and agriculture is one of the main subjects and skills learnt in all schools.
Another activity is the planting of millions of trees as an act to reduce CO2 emission into the atmosphere.
Development is created by people, and education, training and capacity building is at the core of all Humana People to People’s activities. Humana People to People member organizations run a large variety of schools: pre-schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, agriculture schools, teacher training colleges training primary school teachers for rural areas, Frontline Institute training project leaders for Humana People to People projects, Street Children Schools, Girls Schools, adult literacy programs, Academy for Working Children and a University – One World University in Mozambique.
Each school has its concept and a unique and modern program based on making the students the driving forces in their training and equipping them with skills and abilities so they collectively can take on the challenges facing themselves, their communities and countries. At all projects, training and capacity building is a necessary and naturally integrated daily activity in order to create sustainable development.
Health is another big issue for The Poor in developing countries – or rather the lack hereof. As with food production, health is a key focus of all projects – it is a main subject in all schools, it is a line of activities in all Child Aid Projects, women’s clubs and youth clubs learn about disease prevention and care, nutrition, sanitation, water, HIV, malaria, TB, and much more. In Sub-Saharan Africa, millions have died from AIDS and almost 25 million people are infected. Humana People to People started HOPE projects in 1996 as a community program to stop HIV/AIDS, however this epidemic required a much more radical approach so in 2000 the TCE program was launched – Total Control of the Epidemic. The TCE program is based on the slogan “Only people can liberate themselves from the epidemic”.
The TCE program operates in areas of 100,000 people – divided into fields of 2,000 people. Here a Field Officer is employed to walk and talk and reach every single person in the field with information and to mobilize people to take action to deal with the many consequences of this epidemic. The TCE program has won several international rewards for being the most effective program to stop HIV/AIDS.
Humana People to People is also organizing campaigns to stop malaria, TB and Ebola.
Community development has been a long-standing priority of Humana People to People. “Child Aid” projects were established in 1990. Each Child Aid project operates in a geographic area with approximately 3,000 families. The families are mobilized to enrol in a long term program of development activities within 10 lines of activities:
1. Strengthening the Economy of the Family
2. Health and Hygiene, hereunder HIV/AIDS
4. Children as Active in the Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Sphere of Society
5. Children Without Parents
7. District Development
9. and 10. Locally defined lines.
The Child Aid projects fight shoulder to shoulder with the children, the families and the progressive forces in the community. The projects seek to fight poverty, hunger, disease ignorance, violence, abuses, child mortality, illiteracy, deforestation and malnutrition. The families are mobilized to improve their income, nutrition, hygiene, health, education, district infrastructure and environment.
In Mozambique, ADPP – is running a huge community project called Food for Knowledge involving around 75,000 primary school children from 243 schools. The children get a healthy daily meal in return for participating in extra-curricular activities, for example; growing food, maintaining their school, building latrines and handwashing systems, learning about health and nutrition.
FUNDRAISING AND PARTNERSHIP
Humana People to People members spent approximately US$94 million in 2013 on operating the projects. The sources of income vary from member to member, the main sources are:
1. Earnings from sales of second hand clothes and shoes by the Humana People to People members; Organizations in the North – Europe and North America – run clothes recycling projects as a means of generating funds for the projects, and organizations in the South – run sorting centers, second hand clothes shops and mobiles sales in order to raise funds for the projects.
2. Partnership grants from local governments, foundations, companies, and multilateral support for specific programs, projects or activities; Over the years, Humana People to People has built up very good cooperation locally, nationally and internationally, which is evident in the large number of partners in development.
3. Other income, like bank financing, micro finance projects and user fees.
Development Instructors from One World Center usually spent their Service Period in Mozambique, Malawi or Zambia.