Democratic Rep. of Congo
Support from Planet Aid has been instrumental in starting the work of Humana People to People Congo, which is a locally registered development organization in operation since 2006. HPP-Congo is focused on addressing the extreme poverty that burdens the country and its people, reaching and assisting 300,000 individuals annually. Planet Aid currently supports HPP-Congo projects, focusing on community development, education, and food security.
Teacher Training Colleges
The DRC Ministry of Primary, Secondary, and Vocational Education entered into a pioneering agreement with HPP-Congo to establish 54 new teacher training colleges across the nation. The ministry has selected 27 rural provinces of the 30 educational provinces in which to establish the colleges. The first college was established in Mbakana in 2012 and graduated its first 30 students in 2014. The second group of students is expected to graduate in 2016.
In 2015, DNS Mbakana expanded the number of primary schools it works with from 4 to 11. The teacher training students have worked with over 1,200 students, providing lessons in environment, Congolese languages, French, mathematics, natural sciences, calligraphy, handicraft, physical education, and health.
DNS is currently working to expand its program to the Katanga province by building another teacher training college. The new college is expected to train 1,000 students and reach over 5,000 community members through development support projects.
HPP Congo currently implements three Child Aid projects in the DRC in the regions of Kasenga, Gemena, and Kinshasa. These projects have been focusing on improving the welfare of children through a variety of activities, including: providing assistance and mentoring to orphans who lost their parents due to the AIDS epidemic or children whose parents are too ill to care for them, establishing youth clubs to encourage children to participate in positive activities, establishing home gardens to provide the nutrition necessary for keeping children healthy, and improving sanitation by constructing latrines and hand washing facilities.
The Child Aid Kasenga projects have focused on expanding the availability of clean water, educating communities about good hygiene practices, and decreasing the spread of common diseases like cholera. In 2015, the projects provided water access to over 5,000 households and improved sanitation facilities for over 3,000 students across 12 schools.
Child Aid Gemena has been implementing community development activities to improve food security, provide literacy and skills training, and improve hygiene by increasing access to clean water and latrines. In 2015, the projects installed over 4,700 handwashing systems and dug over 5,700 refuse pits. They also began a preschool that is reaching over 100 children with daily lessons.
In Kinshasa, Child Aid has begun a new project in Selembao to provide over 600 women with skills training in literacy, tailoring, and entrepreneurship. The Child Aid program also continues to improve health in the region by organizing families into Family Action Groups and providing education on disease prevention and healthy living. In 2015, over 7,000 families participated in the health and hygiene activities.
Through 2013, Planet Aid supported the Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) program in the DRC, which was a community HIV/AIDS mobilization program designed to reach individuals with prevention education, treatment referrals and follow-up, and counseling for pregnant women and teens. TCE even incorporated local radio and television ads and programs into the project to expand its reach. More than 400,000 individuals were reached through TCE in the DRC.
Farmers’ Clubs focused on organizing farmers into self-supportive groups, providing them with technical training and linking them to markets. The project helped to reduce hunger and malnutrition, expand farm productivity, and increase farm income. More than 4,000 smallholder farmers were organized into clubs in the DRC. Through these clubs, farmers shared ideas and resources to improve agricultural production and introduce sustainable agricultural farming methods. Read more about Farmers’ Clubs.