Working with Humana People to People Belize (HPP-Belize), Planet Aid supports the Child Aid program. The vision of HPP-Belize is to create development through the establishment and implementation of projects that focus on transferring knowledge, skills, and capacity to individuals and communities in need of assistance in rising from poverty and dehumanizing conditions.
Child Aid Toledo was established in December 2007. It strives to provide individuals with the experience and skills to improve living conditions, specifically providing nutrition and health information for the care of children. Activities such as youth clubs, raising chickens, growing organic vegetable gardens, and HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns are part of this initiative.
In 2015, the program worked with 3,000 families to increase their income level by establishing gardens, training them in income-generating activities, and educating them about sustainable farming practices. Over 1,600 community vegetable gardens were established and the program provided over 1,800 families with training in sewing and small business.
To improve health and combat disease, Child Aid educated communities about proper hygiene practices and food preparation and hosted several health fairs to teach people about HIV/AIDS. The program distributed 5,000 condoms and tested over 400 people for HIV/AIDS. Child Aid also improved drinking water for over 2,100 families and installed 38 new toilets.
The program places a strong emphasis on education; in 2015, Child Aid registered 1,100 children in preschools and established 35 youth clubs that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. In these youth clubs, young people are taught lessons about human rights, gender equality, drugs and alcohol, and health, among other topics. They are also given the opportunity to establish their own income-generating activities.
To secure children's futures, Child Aid always strives to improve environmental conditions. The program encourages soil conservation, tree planting, and sustainable energy solutions such as firewood-saving stoves. In the past year, Child Aid families planted over 6,000 trees and installed or repaired 33 firewood-saving stoves, each of which reduces the need for firewood by 50-75%.