Democratic Republic of the 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 graduated in 2016.
In 2016, DNS Mbakana worked with a total of five primary schools. The teacher training students worked with over 1,200 children, providing lessons in health education, civic and moral, French, reading, calligraphy, natural sciences, and mathematics.
HPP Congo currently implements Child Aid projects in the DRC in the regions of Kasenga and Katanga Province. 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 2016, the projects provided water access to over 3,000 households and improved sanitation facilities for over 5 schools. With the implementation of 12 organized monthly community cleaning actions in 2016, 77 percent of households now understand how diseases spread and how they can be prevented by using sanitary practices both at home and at the community level.
Farmers’ Clubs focus on organizing farmers into self-supportive groups, providing them with technical training and linking them to markets. The project helps 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 throughout the implementation of the project. Through these clubs, farmers shared ideas and resources to improve agricultural production and introduce sustainable agricultural farming methods.
After the 2016 reporting period ended, the project was handed over to the community.
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.