We believe in the power of people working together to bring about lasting change, equipping people with the tools, knowledge and skills to build their own bright futures

What We Do

We believe in the power of people working together to bring about lasting change, equipping people with the tools, knowledge and skills to build their own bright futures

 

Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

Small-scale farmers are the frontline response to the world’s environmental and social crisis.

Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

We support smallholder farmers to produce bigger quantities of better food. 

Humana People to People’s sustainable agriculture concept, our Farmers’ Clubs place farmers and their families at the centre of all activities. The Clubs offer an opportunity for farmers to meet, learn and support one another in finding common solutions to the challenges they face in their region. 

Working together, the clubs develop ethical, sustainable production and regenerative farming practices that they can share with their communities to implement together, in harmony with nature. In this way, they are able to feed and fund their own communities, sustainably.

The clubs strengthen the relationship between farmers’ groups and public and private agricultural institutions in the local area through two-way sharing of knowledge and long- term collaboration. The Farmers’ Clubs are also linked to local government structures, which add expertise and help extend the project’s impact beyond its time.

Farmers’ Clubs are found in Africa, Central and South America and Asia. 

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Farmers' Clubs

Each Farmers’ Club is organised around 50 or so members, men and women, who jointly make decisions and take actions. Clubs can be informal or formally registered and they also have opportunities to create co-operatives or join other farmers’ organisations, which means they can benefit from shared structures and financing opportunities. Project Leaders often live and work among the farmers. They are part of the community and work with the farmers and the clubs.

Farmers' Clubs Key Activities

The clubs are a way for farmers to get together to share their knowledge

and experiences. They work together in demonstration fields, have meetings and lessons and they arrange field days and agricultural shows, sharing with the whole community. Protecting the environment is a matter of course for Farmers’ Clubs, as they depend on living in harmony with nature.

The clubs strengthen the relationship between farmers’ groups and public and private agricultural institutions in the local area through two-way sharing of knowledge and long- term collaboration. The Farmers’ Clubs are also linked to local government structures, which add expertise and help extend the project’s impact beyond its time.

Farmers’ Clubs extend into the social and cultural lives of the farmers and their families. They improve the participation of women, and they care for health and nutrition, disease prevention and sanitation, as well as protection of land rights. It’s a programme, which is flexible and adaptable to local climatic, cultural and financial conditions. 

Community Development

Our Community Development programmes seek to create conditions for people to improve their lives, while reducing pressure on the planet and advancing justice.

Community Development

Community Development supports children, parents and the whole community to work together to improve living conditions for children, creating opportunities - not only for survival but for developing their full potential. 

Child Aid is an example of a Humana People to People approach to integrated community development. It places the control of development processes and decision-making into the hands of the people who are affected. 

The Village Action Group is the main structure we apply in Child Aid.  Through shared activities, the Groups improve life in many ways: they create food security, promote good health, solve basic water and sanitation problems, create better educational conditions and organise care for the sick or for children in difficult situations. 

The Village Action Groups also build connections to health clinics, local councils and schools. In this way, their voice is being heard and reckoned with.

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Child Aid Programme

Child Aid is our approach to integrated community development. Child Aid supports children, parents and the whole community to work together to improve living conditions for children, creating opportunities for them - not only for survival but for developing their full potential. 

Child Aid is community-driven and places the control of development processes and decision-making into the hands of those who are affected.

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The Village Action Group is the fundamental organizational structure in Child Aid. We value the Village Group with its frame which gives people an opportunity to create a forum to hold discussions, plan common tasks, acquire new knowledge, identify challenges, and find and implement solutions together. Activities contribute to an improvement of food security, promote good health, solve basic water and sanitation problems, create better education conditions, and organise care for the sick or children in difficult situations. They form local savings and lending clubs to support family economies.

It is essential to form alliances with children themselves, as they are a force of development in their families. Our Child Aid programme works closely with children, supporting them to know their rights, so they take an active role in safeguarding and upholding them. Child Aid supports children and families to secure birth certificates; children without parents are enrolled in schools and monitored so they do not drop out; and children affected by HIV and AIDS and other illnesses receive support in accessing medical treatment.

The Project Leader often resides in the community and plays a key role in making it all happen.

Child Aid can easily be adapted to suit different situations and contexts facing a community. It is often a starting point for further development programmes, from tackling the spread of communicable diseases to building education and income generation projects.

Health

Our health programmes begin with people and not with the disease. Positive health outcomes rely on people living well; building and maintaining good health in their communities.

Humana People to People is dedicated to helping to stop the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other preventable diseases

Our projects work together with the public health system to get the most out of their efforts and resources and make use of accessible and advanced medical knowledge. 

Humana People to People’s health programmes are aligned with global strategies to fight diseases, including UNAIDS’ ‘95-95-95’ strategy to end HIV and AIDS, WHO’s ‘End TB’ strategy, WHO guidelines to fight Covid-19, and the strategy for elimination of malaria in southern Africa.

Find out more about TCE, TC TB, TC Malaria

Total Control of the Epidemic - TCE

Humana People to People’s HIV and AIDS programme, ‘Total Control of the Epidemic ‘(TCE), is centred on the idea that “Only the people can liberate themselves from AIDS the epidemic.”

TCE Index Tracking

Our programme is based on person-to-person mobilisation of people for HIV testing, referral for treatment and support for those on treatment so that they never miss it. In hard-to-reach areas and with key at-risk populations such as girls and young women, building up a good relationship with the community is key. Our teams of community-based project staff and volunteers provide access to HIV testing, often in the privacy of people’s own homes, reducing stigma. And we connect people affected by HIV and AIDS with family and community-based support groups.

As soon as a person has been diagnosed with HIV, they connect with healthcare providers to start treatment and follow-up. Local authorities are engaged to strengthen connections and services between communities and the healthcare system. Everyone tested is counselled on risk factors and risk reduction, encouraged to take a proactive approach towards their sexual health and connected with appropriate services as necessary.

In alignment with the UNAIDS 95-95-95 strategy, our members work to make

sure that people know and understand their HIV status. And that those who test HIV positive receive the sustained treatment they need, with the ultimate aim of suppressing the virus.

TCE has been so successful that the methodology behind it is also being used to detect cases of tuberculosis (TB), and to support people infected with the disease to get treatment and complete it until they have been cured.

TCE started 20 years ago, and since then, our members have reached over 21 million people across 12 countries in Africa and Asia, connecting them with the information, services and support they need, depending on their HIV status, to live healthy and positive lives.

In 2020, our TCE mantra has been repurposed as a COVID-19 slogan: “I will not get it – I will not spread it”. All our projects and programmes started campaigning, so that people would protect themselves and each other in any way possible. With active participation across every level of society, it’s harder for Covid-19 to reach each one of us, and that is where the battle must be won. At the time of writing, we still await the rollout of the protective vaccines.

Education

Education is a powerful tool in the hands of the people when striving for a better life and has long-term impact on development.

Humana People to People’s pedagogy is characterised by creating a space for students of all ages to be the drivers and navigators of their own training

Our education programmes encompass children’s education for the marginalised and those living in difficult circumstances; empowerment of girls and women through education; vocational training programmes including both formal and short skills training courses promoting socio-economic development; and last but not least, teacher training programmes targeting rural communities across Africa and Asia that educate teachers, who are committed to overcoming barriers to meaningful education.

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Teacher Training

Since 1993, Humana People to People has trained more than 53 000 dedicated teachers to work in public primary schools across Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Guinea Bissau, Zambia, D. R. Congo and India. Training lasts between one and three years and schools are mainly boarding schools, with the exception of those in India.

Teacher Training

We believe that the most important thing that our teachers can give their students is a zest for life and learning that leads to progress.

Through our pedagogy, student teachers explore life in all its colour whilst learning. They experience a variety of different learning processes and become conscious of how and when learning takes place.

Student teachers learn individually and in groups, but in both cases they are the driving force for their own learning. They study and often also live together with a group of peers and instructors who are readily available for support. The teacher training programmes strive to contribute inspiration, active research and experimentation, often highlighting challenging pedagogical routes.

There is a lifeline connection between the college, school and community and between the teacher- to-be and future pupils. This is accountability at work, providing students with first- hand personal experiences of what works in teaching, learning and life lessons to guide their professional futures.

The shocks to education the world over caused by Covid-19 have called for teachers to be creative, innovative and compassionate. Teachers are key in unearthing every possible - and impossible - solution to uninterrupted teaching and learning without being in the classroom and without losing students. We are proud that our teachers have shown themselves to be well-equipped to overcome these challenges – they are a thriving example of this.

Collection and Sales of clothes and Shoes

Humana People to People’s collection, sorting and sales of second-hand clothes give good clothes a longer lifespan, and the sales proceeds support development projects across Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

Collection and Sales of Second-hand Clothes

Second-hand clothing is collected through collection bins and shops across Europe and North America, often in co-operation with municipal authorities and local businesses. 

The clothing is sorted and assessed in dedicated sorting centres; some clothing is sold in second-hand stores in Europe and North America, while other items are sent for further sorting and sale in six countries in Africa and Belize. 

The collection and sale of second-hand clothes is critical in reducing waste, promoting reuse, providing affordable clothing to developing countries and raising funds to support social development projects.

Why second-hand clothes industry matters and Humana People to People's approach

Collection and Sales of Secondhand Clothes

We collect second-hand clothes through shops and collection bins in high footfall locations. The reasons people get rid of clothes vary – mainly, changes in size, fashion, or need. Many appreciate that their unwanted clothes may hold great value for someone else. 

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The clothing is sorted and assessed in dedicated sorting centres; some clothing is sold in second-hand shops in Europe and North America, while other reusable items are sent for further sorting and sale in Africa and Central America, including Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Belize. Second-hand clothes donated to us go on to benefit millions of people.

Our process means that good quality clothes become accessible to people who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford them. Across Africa, our wholesale operations are located in both urban and rural areas, with shops often found in cities. 

Most of the clothes are sold in bales of e.g. 45 kg to small traders, who employ family members and others to take the clothing to the markets for sale. Clothes become a vehicle to reduce poverty, helping to create self-employment and jobs and growing local and national economies.

All over the world, as awareness of the negative environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry grows, people are turning to second-hand clothes as a better way forward, reusing clothes rather than buying them new. 9.7 million people bought second-hand clothing from our shops across Europe and USA in 2020.

The second-hand clothes business creates jobs. In Europe, the Middle East, and the USA, 5 800 people work in collections, sorting centres and shops. They take good care of the collected clothes throughout the process and make sure each item is put to the best possible use, recycled, repurposed or sold on.

16% of the clothing collected is sent to our members in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia in Africa and Belize in Central America. These clothes are the basis for 7 600 jobs in logistics, sorting and sales in these places, either as formal employment or in the informal sector linked to the trade.