Answering the Call to End Poverty
Poverty has a stronger impact on children and women. Empowering women and creating better conditions for children’s growth results in greater and faster progress in poverty reduction.
Humana People to People joins the rest of the world as it commemorates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is marked under the theme “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”. The theme for this year reminds us of the importance of the values of dignity, solidarity and voice underscored in the Call to Action to fight to end poverty everywhere. The Call to Action recognizes the knowledge and courage of families living in poverty throughout the world, the importance of reaching out to the poorest and building an alliance with citizens from all backgrounds to end poverty.
Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The reality of our world shows that the greater proportion of women suffering from various forms of poverty is linked to their unequal access to education, to productive resources and to control of assets, and in some cases to unequal rights in the family and in society. This in fact, impacts negatively on the entire household, particularly on children, and the whole community.
Humana People to People stands shoulder to shoulder with the children and women in their various actions working towards changing their status of being poor. By standing together with the members of the disadvantaged communities, Humana People to People seek to actively engage the participation of the poor into coming up with appropriate local solutions that respond effectively in solving their own circumstances.
In developing the community development programs, Humana People to People employs the locals who understand the issues affecting the community and are better suited to initiate actions, campaigns, trainings and organize the community into joining hands and be at the fore-front of their own development. The project leader is the mainstay of the project. It means she/he stays among the community where the project is being implemented and is readily available anytime she/he is needed. The arrangement makes it possible for the project leader to know better the community, build relationships, gain confidence and trust.
The introduction of the United Nations supported Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has further inspired the Humana People to People approach on fighting poverty. Ending poverty is an overarching objective of the 17 SDGs and obligated all countries to end poverty in all forms, through strategies that guarantee the protection and development of humanity.
In 2013, an estimated 767 million people lived below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day — down from 1.7 billion people in 1999. 42 per cent of people in sub-Saharan Africa continued to subsist in conditions of extreme poverty in 2013. Humana People to People understands that responding to poverty starts with focusing more on the children.
Poverty hits children hardest. While a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human, it is most threatening to children growth: survival, health and nutrition, education, participation, and protection from harm and exploitation. It creates an environment that is damaging to children’s development in every way – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Child Aid is a Humana People to People designed rural development and community based program which seek to create a protective child environment that support better future prospects for every child. The holistic approach enshrined in the Child Aid project is aimed at mobilizing children, families and communities to strengthen their income, health and security.
The all inclusive Child Aid program organize the families and their communities into taking actions. Child Aid recognizes the fact that in order to nurture children successfully; an entire community must be supported and strengthened.
In the year 2016, Humana People to People, implemented 237 Child Aid projects impacting the lives of 1.9 million people. The Child Aid program was implemented in 14 countries spanning across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Zambia, a USAID funded Child Aid Zambia Families project is reaching out to 125 000 orphans and vulnerable children including their families by improving health and welfare.
In India, a unique microfinance program is empowering rural women by achieving financial inclusion thus striving for gender equality. The program known as “Humana Microfinance,” provides loans to women in poor rural regions of India. The micro-loans go towards starting up a range of income-generating activities with the objective of fighting poverty.
During the year 2016, a total of 39 “Humana Microfinance” units impacted on the lives of 81 000 women, translating to 486 000 individuals during the financial credit life circle. The striking outcome of the “Humana Microfinance’ is the financial literacy trainings which are built around improving financial knowledge which, over the time, improves household income and economically empowers women in wealth creation.
Humana People to People re-affirms its commitment to create social protection for the poor and vulnerable as a benchmark to increase access to basic services by 2030.