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 Launching the Humana People to People Progress Report 2018 

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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 2018, demonstrating the value of its work. 

The report provides an insight into the work of Humana People to People and its 30 member associations over the past year, including the shared commitment to attain impact, accountability and transparency.

Interestingly, the report shows how simple, strong and low-cost development concepts can be taken to scale when they build on the strength of the many people who take a lead in improving their own conditions. 

In 2018, working across five continents, members of the Federation Humana People to People implemented projects in sustainable agriculture and environment, community development, health and education in 1,134 project units. These projects reached more than 9.5 million people and represent a vital contribution to reducing the effects of poverty and supporting communities to address some of the world’s most significant humanitarian and development challenges.

Some case studies contained in the Progress Report highlight how Humana People to People approach to development is transforming lives. Thus the Humana People to People community based and people-driven project design remains key in creating lasting development. 

The UN 2030 Agenda continues to guide the activities undertaken by Humana People to People and its members. Humana People to People will continue striving to help countries meet their Sustainable Development Goals, in the hope of alleviating suffering ad creating lasting positive change. 

4,000 people attend Africa Day themed Open Sunday

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Humana People to People commemorated a belated Africa Day on 26th of May through an Open Sunday. The occasion saw about 4,000 people from Shamva and Bindura districts coming to Murgwi Farm and Community Centre as they celebrated the significance of the day to Africa. Peace building, stability and development was the key message.

May 25 2019 marked 56 years since Africa Day was conceived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union, in 1963. The OAU's original mission was to bring freedom to African countries that were still under colonial rule in the 60s, defend their sovereignty, uphold human rights and restore the dignity of the African people.

 

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Nowadays, Africa Day is a national holiday in a handful of countries and is widely celebrated by Africans - but what does it mean in a modern age? It means promoting peace, harmony and cultural diversity as it means pursing shared continental economic development. There still remain various social and economic challenges which Africa faces from climate induced natural disasters, fighting major diseases to building capacity of small-scale farmers, fighting inequalities among others.

Humana People to People has for years been engaged with development work in Angola, Botswana, Congo D.R., Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At its Humana People to People headquarters in Shamva, Zimbabwe a monthly interactive occasion called Open Sunday has for a long time been used to reach out to thousands of people to educate them about development.

Thus, in celebrating Africa Day people came to Murgwi Farm and Community Centre and were informed about the importance of peace, stability and development. Several exhibitions showcased various development initiatives being done by Humana People to People, government departments, local stakeholders and private companies.

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The guest speaker was the District Administrator for Shamva, Mr. Nkoma. His message emphasized the importance of peace building, maintaining political stability and promotion of development in Africa. He said, “We must also sustain the understanding that our own progress and prosperity is dependent on the progress and prosperity of our neighbours and other African countries. This means that we must remain firm in our commitment to work hard to achieve the goal of the renewal of our continent, understanding that again in this instance, an injury to one is an injury to all.”

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The District Administrator in his speech pledged for the upholding of the renewal of Africa so it does not fail on its promise. “We also join other Africans to renew our pledge to work together for the rebirth and renewal of the African continent and the advancement of Africans wherever they may be,” he said.

Aleck Macheso, a popular musician who sings “sungura music” entertained the bumper crowd some of whom walked 10 kilometres to grace the event. The entertainment is a key part of each Open Sunday, which has become an integral component of Murgwi Farm and Community Centre’s community education, relationship building and development inspiration. 

Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth has worsened Mozambique’s plight

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The devastating impact of Cyclone Idai had close to a thousand lives lost, thousands of people left destitute with key infrastructure destroyed. As if that was not enough, Mozambique received another similar fate in the name of Cyclone Kenneth six weeks later.

Although the first cyclone negatively affected Malawi and Zimbabwe in its rampaging path, Mozambique was the most affected with large swaths of land flooded, record breaking rainfall and thousands of people in Beira city and surrounding districts marooned. The casualty was beyond the capacity of Mozambique’s government to deal with alone.

Cyclone Kenneth brought heavy rain, battering northern Mozambique on Monday 29 April in the process killing 38 people and destroying thousands of homes. Roads have been washed away, fields submerged and many buildings wrecked by the storm.

 

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ADPP Mozambique, a member of Humana People to People, has been working with the people of Mozambique helping them to create development in their communities since 1982. Some of the development efforts of ADPP Mozambique were affected by Cyclone Idai as in the case of a Teacher Training College Nhamatanda in central Mozambique and thousands of small-scale farmers who took part in a four year rural farming intervention.

 

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ADPP Mozambique thus joined in the efforts of the government providing emergency relief support to many people who were left homeless by Cyclone Idai. Recently the Country Director of ADPP Mozambique, Birgit Holm was interviewed by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on “What next for cyclone hit Mozambique?”

 

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You can read the interview here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6985687/What-cyclone-hit-Mozambique.html

Humana People to People has created a crowd-funding website where those who would like to come forward with financial donations big or small can help to lighten the burden among the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

Here is the internet link which takes you to the crowd-funding site: https://www.gofundme.com/gofundmecomhelp-mozambique

Zero Malaria Starts with Me!

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Humana People to People joins the world in marking World Malaria Day on the 25th of April 2019. The commemoration is being held under the theme 'Zero Malaria Starts with Me'.

After more than a decade of steady advances in fighting malaria, progress has levelled off. According to World Health Organisation’s latest World malaria report, no significant gains were made in reducing malaria cases in the period 2015 to 2017. The estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017, at 435,000, remained virtually unchanged over the previous year.

Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria - a preventable and treatable disease. And each year, more than 200 million new cases of malaria are reported. The damage inflicted extends beyond loss of human life: malaria takes a heavy toll on health systems, sapping productivity and eroding economic growth. Investing in universal health care is the best way to ensure, all communities have access to the services they need to beat malaria. Individual and community empowerment through community driven initiatives supporting the call-to-action for “Zero malaria starts with me” can play a critical role in building the right momentum.

 

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Urgent action is needed to get the global response to malaria back on track and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria. The new approach to fighting malaria must be based on political will, strategic information, better guidance and support, coordinated national response, and community based campaigns.

Humana People to People is engaged in fighting malaria in some of the malaria high burden countries of southern Africa. Humana People to People members present in Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa are working closely with national ministry of health and communities in taking actions at reducing malaria cases through people-led initiatives. Recently, a malaria multi-country initiative was implemented in border crossing points through community mobilization for malaria prevention, undertaking malaria testing and treatment. Cross border malaria initiatives has proven to give good results, as migrating populations are at risk both for contracting malaria and for spreading it.

 

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The programme provided malaria testing, malaria treatment and malaria tracking services. Malaria posts for diagnosis and treatment were set up in targeted communities and outreach activities were done for the high prevalence communities. To generate demand for the posts the programme conducted door-to-door campaigns in the communities performed by trained community health workers and held monthly malaria testing initiatives.

The community members received malaria awareness information supporting communities to take action to counter malaria prevalence. School teachers, students, community activists and volunteers were trained to be malaria advocacy experts. The trained individuals continue working in their local communities as they mobilise individuals for malaria prevention, organise anti-malaria campaigns, and undertake home visits intended to reach children, pregnant women, and the general population.

Cyclone Idai Donation Appeal!

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Help Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe as the three countries respond to the Cyclone IDAI trail of destruction. Millions of people are affected and hundred of thousands are finding it difficult to come to terms with their current fate after losing their loved ones including material possessions to floods.

Cyclone IDAI is one of the worst natural disasters to have hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Humana People to People is present in the three countries with its members’ undertaking development work. Some of the development efforts have been affected by the storm.

Humana People to People members ADPP Mozambique, DAPP Zimbabwe and DAPP Malawi are in the area coordinating with emergency response mechanisms to provide basic assistance to those affected and prepare for longer-term recovery.

The storm, which first struck Mozambique before moving inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, caused widespread flooding and has affected more than 2 million lives.

Central Mozambique was hit particularly hard. It is estimated that 90 percent of Beira, a port city that is home to about half a million people was destroyed. A major emerging problem affecting Beira city is the outbreak of cholera. As rescue workers struggle to reach remote regions, they are confronting obstacles like floods, debris, damaged roads and bridges.

You may support Cyclone Idai victims and survivors, by donating to the relief efforts currently underway in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and can use the GoFundMe link below to support the humanitarian efforts on-going.

https://www.gofundme.com/gofundmecomhelp-mozambique

Funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide relief items such as emergency shelter and clothing, food assistance, water purification and health assistance. Updates will be provided as the situation develops.