In 2014, HPP-Brasil began the Farmers’ Clubs Program in Brazil with five projects located in Cansanção, Quijingue, Monte Santo, Tucano, and Itiúba. The Farmers’ Club mobilizes small-scale farmers to work together to diversify crops, increase crop yields, and implement soil and water conservation methods. The Farmers’ Clubs Program organizes farmers into support groups, which are then trained in sustainable farming methods. This training results in increased productivity, income, and food security for farmers and their families.
Two new projects were added in 2015, one in Filadélfia and one in Queimadas. Farmers' Clubs currently operates a total of five projects in Brazil, which are located in Cansanção, Quijingue, Tucano, Filadélfia, and Queimadas.
Within its first year, the program reached a total of 5,100 farmers in Brazil. In 2015 the program reach expanded from 5 to 11 municipalities, helping over 100 communities. Activities over the last year were focused on animal rearing and vegetable gardens, which provide income for farmers to earn money for investing in their property. The program has reached 8,000 farmers through meetings, training events, fairs, municipal events, and personal visits. Read more about Farmer's Clubs.
With the support of Planet Aid and its donors, Humana Povo a Povo em Brasil (HPP-Brazil) launched its first Child Aid project in Cansanção, in the State of Bahia, in 2007. From 2007-2013, the Child Aid program built capacity based on the needs of each community, ranging from improving the family economy to providing aid for orphans and vulnerable children. Child Aid covered the municipalities of Cansanção, Quijingue, and Itiúba and worked with poor rural families helping to create a better future for their children. The program earned the respect and support of the local business community and the Bahia Ministry of Agriculture.
Through Child Aid, HPP-Brazil organized and empowered participating families to carry out more than 200 community clean-up actions in order to improve health and hygiene. In addition, more than 600 families gained access to portable drinking water, and more than 25 latrines were constructed.
Another major focus of each project was increasing the income of participating families and, to that end, 20 courses were organized in subjects ranging from beekeeping to food preparation. Participants in the projects established 50 seed banks and distributed 11 tons of seeds.
Staff and volunteers from both projects worked to ensure that all children are enrolled in pre-school and primary school. The programs established 12 after-school tutoring programs for students with learning difficulties with 300 children enrolled. They also renovated 30 schools, established 15 communal/school vegetable gardens, and restored or created 20 sports fields and playgrounds. Read more about Child Aid.