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The International Humana People to People Movement

The Federation – Humana People to People (HPP)

Humana People to People (The Federation for Associations connected to the International HUMANA PEOPLE TO PEOPLE Movement) is an international membership organisation, which is presently comprised of 32 national associations working in 40 countries worldwide (see Figure 1 below). The members are all non-profit organisations, working in the field of international development and cooperation.


HPP members work with pressing issues facing humankind around the globe, primarily (although not exclusively) related to education, health (HIV/AIDS) and food security. Given the Federation’s 30 years of experience in development work, HPP organisations are known in many areas for their implementation capacity, cost efficiency, well-established track records and their close cooperation with national governments. 
Currently, HPP members operate 220 social projects reaching out to more than 7.5 million people a year within the areas of basic health, HIV/AIDS, education, human rights, agriculture, environment, relief aid and community development. Furthermore, approximately 4,5 million people are reached per year through the second hand clothes sales and distribution system. HPP employs roughly 7,000 people worldwide and engages 165,000 community-based volunteers. 
Major partners include: UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, PEPFAR, CDC, USAID, US Department of Agriculture, The World Bank; private companies, such as Johnson & Johnson; and various national and provincial governments.

The projects

The project concepts of the Humana People to People movement make it possible for many people to participate in creating development.  Some of these concepts are listed below:

  • Training teachers of the future
  • Education for children
  • Vocational schools
  • HOPE
  • Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE)
  • Child Aid and community development
  • Farmers clubs
  • Fundraising through collection and sales of second hand clothes
  • Development Instructor (DI) program

Teacher training colleges

These colleges specialise in providing teacher training, typically in rural areas where access to higher education is limited
Currently there are 20 teacher training colleges in rural areas of Angola, Mozambique and Malawi.
More than 1,000 people graduate annually as teachers.

Education for children

  • 8 day-schools have been created for orphans and former street children
  • 6 Children’s Towns have been created for orphans and former street children
  • 4 Academies for Working Children have been created in India
  • 7,500 children are currently enrolled as students in the above schools in Angola, India, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe
  • 685 preschools (28,000 preschool children) are operating in Angola, Botswana, China, India, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe 

Vocational Schools
Typically based in rural areas, vocational schools specialise in providing training in agriculture, construction, business, carpentry, electronics, motor mechanics and welding
13 vocational schools operate in Angola, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe
More than 13,000 people have been trained with a vocation


HOPE mobilises people to act against the spread of HIV and to take care of the infected and affected.

  • 24 HOPE projects are spread over 8 countries in southern Africa, 2 projects are in India and 1 in China
  • 10,000 HOPE activists (volunteers) are engaged in various programs
  • 51,000 people were trained in issues relating to HIV/AIDS in 2007
  • 5,000 HIV positive people received training in positive living in 2007

Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE)

Introduced in 2000, TCE was devised to actively mobilise the population to fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS through a grass roots outreach and voluntary testing and counselling program
The accumulated global achievements of the TCE program from its inception to December 2007 include:

  • 10.1 million one-on-one counselling sessions conducted by a field officer
  • 1.1 million people mobilised to get tested for HIV
  • 254,000 TCE Passionates (volunteers) active in their own community in the fight against HIV & AIDS
  • 2.8 million people have developed an individual ‘risk reduction plan’ for how to become TCE compliant
  • 932,000 pregnant women have received information and have been encouraged to attend existing PMTCT services
  • 40 million condoms have been distributed

TCE is currently operating in 67 areas throughout southern Africa (see Figure 2), India and China

Child Aid and Community Development

Child Aid works with families in rural communities primarily to improve the lives of children, but also the community at large. It operates in accordance with 10 defined lines (improving income of the family, health and hygiene, education for children etc), which cover a range of factors known to impact upon the quality of life of children.

  • 40 Chid Aid and community development projects operate in 10 southern African countries, India and China and Latin America.
  • 190,000 families are currently participating
  • 33,500 orphans are currently involved in programs

Farmers Clubs
The Farmers club project is designed to introduce environmentally sustainable agricultural techniques and practices to small-hold farmers with the aim of enhancing their food security, improving their health and raising their awareness regarding the importance of conserving their environment.

  • 12 Farmers Clubs projects are currently operating with more than 40,000 members in Mozambique, Angola, Malawi and Zimbabwe

Achievements in 2007:

  • 13,000 farmers received inputs and tools for farming
  • 10,100 vegetable gardens were established for better nutrition
  • 340 demonstration fields were established to promote new crops and good farming methods, sustainable farming methods were promoted
  • 470 rope pumps were installed as part of the promotion of low tech water solutions

Fundraising through second hand clothes collection and sales

‘We transform the value of the clothing in the moment of delivery into the containers from zero value to considerable value.’ Humana People to People Charter
4.5 million people are reached annually through the second hand clothes sales and distribution system
Tasks include sorting, wholesale sales, retail sales and clothes distribution as emergency aid in Africa
Collection, sorting and second hand shops are largely based in Europe and North America. As of December 2007:

  • 10,000 collection containers in Europe
  • 10,000 collection containers in North America
  • 25 sorting plants in Europe
  • 130 second hand shops in Europe
  • Wholesale sales of clothes bales go to market sellers in Angola, Guinea Bissau, Malawi and Mozambique
  • Retail sales are made from 3 shops in Mozambique, 8 in Malawi and 27 in Zambia
  • 815 permanent workplaces and 200 workplaces are connected to the clothes business in Africa
  • 8,870 people in Africa derive an income for their families through re-selling clothes

Clothes recycling contributes to the fight against global warming by reducing emissions, landfill waste and unnecessary demand on existing resources necessary to produce the materials associated with manufacturing new clothes

Development Instructor (DI) program

Volunteers from all over the world take part in a 3 period program during which they are trained as Development Instructors (DIs) for 6 months; participate in development work in HPP projects in Africa, China, India or South America for between 6-12 months; and spend 1 final month disseminating information
Different programs and destinations are offered depending on which country the training is conducted
400 DIs participate annually in HPP projects
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