Humana People to People

Humana People to People

Launching the Humana People to People Progress Report 2017 

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The Federation Humana People to People (Humana People to People) is excited and proud to release its Humana People to People Progress Report 2017, demonstrating the value of its work over the past year. 

The shared vision on what development entails and the shared values among the members of the Federation Humana People to People is the foundation for the progress described in this report. That strength is what drives the sustainability of Humana People to People movement.

The report reflects on the journey travelled in 2017 and the transformations achieved benefitting millions of people across the main thematic areas where Humana People to People development work is centered. Thus an overview of health, education, community development, agriculture and clothes collection and sales programmes delivered by Humana People to People members. 

Some unique illustrations of impact incorporated in the report reveal how important the Humana People to People community based and people-driven project design is key in creating lasting development. 

Humana People to People remains more committed than ever to combating the increasingly complex challenges and threats facing the world today: illiteracy, epidemics, the effects of climate change, food insecurity and inequality, as the international community aligns its commitments with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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Humana to attend the 22nd AIDS 2018 Conference in Amsterdam

Humana People to People will be participating at the 22nd International AIDS Conference 2018 (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 23rd – 27th of July 2018. The AIDS 2018 Conference will be held under the theme, Breaking Barriers Building Bridges.

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. It continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference, held after every two years, is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic.

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Female teachers key to achieving gender equality in education

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At this year’s European Development Days in Brussels, global leaders met to discuss the critical role education plays in sustainable development. Yet progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 — ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all — is in danger of stalling, due to a lack of gender equality in education and persistent barriers that prevent many young girls in developing economies — including my own Mozambique — from remaining in education.


Seeds for the future

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




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.



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.