Humana People to People

Humana People to People

Seeds of Africa

Humana People to People due to launch “Seeds of Africa” initiative as part of Africa Day celebrations at its Headquarters in Zimbabwe

 

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For this year’s Africa Day celebrations, Humana People to People (HPP) will be launching a new initiative called “Seeds of Africa”. The programme will celebrate a multitude of different grassroots community-driven initiatives that are currently driving regional and national development.

The celebrations will take place at Murgwi Estate, Zimbabwe on Sunday, 27th May. Over 800 people are expected to turn out to celebrate local development initiatives and hear addresses by local government officials - including the District Administrator. Throughout the day attendees can expect to hear live performances from Simon Mutambi and Cobra Kings and watch football and netball tournaments put on by local schools.

Humana People to People has long since advocated that communities and people must lead their own development and Seeds of Africa will be a chance to inspire greater change in the region through providing an innovative platform to share local efforts to develop communities.

During the celebrations people will learn about local agricultural practices; a farming community will describe how they have built their own pre-school; and a group of elderly women will exhibit their successful culinary experiments using all-natural ingredients. The agenda will also include workshops on herbal gardening, fish ponds and fire protection – all led by local experts.

Government agencies working with environment protection and forest preservation will also participate with their plans for how to support the communities in protecting the environment.

In a statement by Humana People to People, Bolette Strandbygaard - one of the key organisers – noted “This Open Sunday celebrating Africa Day is entitled “Seeds of Africa”, seeds being understood as initiatives taken by people in the communities that are driving positive change in the region.”

 

Established in 1977 Humana People to People is a network of development organisations working in over 40 countries globally.

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Notes for Editors

HPP was inspired by the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition’s “Seeds of Good Anthropocenes”. The initiative’s objective is to provide a counter-narrative to dystopic visions of the future. It achieves this by providing examples of social and ecological progress which, combined, constitute a more positive and sustainable outlook.

 

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24 May 2018

Mitigating Effects of Climate Change with Firewood Saving Stoves

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Doreen Chimwaza, 38 year-old woman, hails from Kadambo Village Traditional Authority Bvumbwe, Thyolo district. Doreen got married 18 years ago and has seven children. For the first 14 years in marriage, she had a regular life. “I used to wake up at 4 AM, go to a nearby forest to collect firewood, come back home three hours later and prepare breakfast for my family. I would then do daily household chores including preparing lunch and dinner,” she narrates. 

During the first years in marriage, Doreen found cooking tiresome and uninteresting because it demanded a lot of time and energy.”For me to cook, I had to use three cooking stones which needed about six big pieces of firewood in a day. So every day, I had to wake up early to collect the firewood.” She explains.

 

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Little less than a bonfire, the three cooking stones consumed huge amounts of firewood and filled Doreen’s kitchen with smoke. The smoke was hazardous to her life. According to the World Health Organisation, smoke from indoor fires kills over 1.6 million people in developing countries every year. “I used to cough all of the time because of the smoke in the kitchen,” she laments.

Doreen inserts a piece of firewood into a firewood savingstove in her kitchen

The stove is made using clay and mud which are locally sourced materials that she was able to get at no cost. The new stove also uses less firewood, hence few trips going out in the forests and bushes to find firewood. “The pieces firewood that I was using in a day can now go for a week. This is because the stove also conserves heat, so I do not need the wood all the time,” she says.

In addition to advancing agricultural production and improving living standards of farmers through training them in modern and effective agricultural farming methods, DAPP Malawi Farmers Club Program, among others imparts knowledge and skills to communities in the adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Activities include: educating communities on the effects of careless cutting down of trees; importance of using firewood saving stoves and planting of trees.

HOORAY !! THE CONTAINERS HAVE ARRIVED!!!

The two 40 feet ship containers, packed in Denmark in November and December, have finally arrived in Bissora, Guinea-Bissau.

On Wednesday the 7th of March, the association ADPP in Guinea-Bissau organized a major event at the Vocational School in Bissora. Representatives from the Ministry of Health, the local hospital, school teachers and others took part in the event. Radio and TV also joined the events and a local women's group provided entertainment by singing and dancing.

Project managers, teachers and students from ADPP's projects in Bissora helped to unpack and distribute school furniture, bicycles, hospital equipment, etc. All those responsible whom received equipment, acknowledged the equipment and agreed to take good care of it. Here are some pictures from the event, as well as the unpacking of the containers and the distribution of the equipment. ?

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We would like to thank Recycling for Development, The Danish Relief group in Næstved, Recycling and Donation in Glostrup, MultiCenter Syd in Nykøbing Falster, The Computer Group in Holbæk and ADPP Guiné-Bissau, that made this shipment possible.

Below are photos from the arrival of the containers to Bissora in Guinea-Bissau and the emptying of the containers.

View the pictures through this link:

https://www.uff.dk/nyheder/hurra-containerne-er-ankommet

Planet Aid Inc, ADPP Mozambique and the Ministry of Education produce new school books in two Mozambican languages

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Planet Aid and ADPP Mozambique are producing teaching and learning materials in two Mozambican languages, Changana and Rhonga.   The effort is part of the USDA­-funded Food for Knowledge (FFK) Project, under the literacy program “Reinforcement of Reading and Writing.”

In Mozambique, the vast majority of the children do not learn to speak in the official language, Portuguese, and thus are challenged to learn how to read using reading materials that are phonically unfamiliar.

However, when students have access to learning materials written in their mother language, they develop reading and writing skills faster, and they can use it as a foundation for learning to read and write in Portuguese later. The pioneering materials produced as a part of FFK’s literacy program are enabling students to more effectively participate in lessons and thereby improve their listening, speaking, and comprehension skills, as well as vocabulary and the capacity to tell and re-tell stories.

Collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Development and ADPP Mozambique

Planet Aid and ADPP Mozambique are very proud to be part of the production of new grade 2 books in Changana and Rhonga, two of the 16 Mozambican languages taught in the primary schools. Developing official primary school books in national languages would be impossible without collaboration between several partners. The production of the schoolbooks is a result of a strong and well functioning partnership among Planet Aid Inc., ADPP Mozambique, the Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development, and the provincial and the district education departments.

Each partner contributed to this pioneer production of the grade 2 schoolbooks in the two languages. While the Ministry of Education defined the curriculum background for the content of the books and materials, Planet Aid and ADPP Mozambique contributed to the structure of the material, the strategies for the elaboration of books and manuals, as well as the graphic design and printing of the books. Cambridge Education provided the methodological platform for the materials, and the district education departments helped with the distribution of the books and manuals to the schools in the districts and the conservation of the books at the schools.

Women and Girls in Science is key to breaking gender stereotyping

As the world marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February it is crucial to demand inclusion of women in the science to achieve gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Humana People to People is for inclusion of girls and young women in education. 

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