Working with Humana People to People India (HPP-India), Planet Aid supports education and health promotion programs in India.
Teacher Training Colleges
In August 2009, Humana People to People India (HPPI) launched its teacher training program. The two-year program leads the students through intense coursework and the new teachers are encouraged to interact with, and be a strong educational influence on, the community in which they teach.
As of December 2017, HPPI is training over 2,000 student-teachers and reaching over 30,000 primary school students in their teaching practice. Read more about Teacher Training.
Kadam Step-Up Centers
Planet Aid supports children in North India through Kadam Step-Up Centers. These centers provide "bridge education" for underprivileged school children who have been unable to attend formal schooling, in order to bring them back to mainstream education. The centers also actively work to mobilize local communities and spread information about the importance of education. The centers operate under the auspices of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a national program aimed at making access to education available to all.
In 2017, Planet Aid supported 318 Step-Up Centers and helped over 12,000 out-of-school children, 5,000 of which were transitioned to mainstream schools throughout the year. Read more about Step-Up Centers.
School Improvement Project
The School Improvement Program aims to promote the learning of girls in schools by identifying the core obstacles that adversely affect their education and putting components in place to help alleviate those obstacles. Mainly, the project provides academic support through implementation of support centers that provide after-school academic guidance, group study sessions, and interactive activities in all subjects. The School Improvement Project not only improves academic success, but also encourages good communication, presentation, and creative skills.
In 2017, the School Improvement Project in Tamil Nadu, India added seven new schools and ended the year serving 8,000 young girls through 253 support centers. The project worked with 93 government schools, and conducted 540 co-curricular and cultural activities.
Community-Based Diabetes Detection and Care Project
Awareness is a key component in ensuring better treatment and control of diabetes, a disease with growing prevalence in India. To create more knowledge around diabetes and promote healthy lifestyles, Planet Aid supported the Community-Based Diabetes Detection and Care Project in 2017.
This project takes to the streets, testing community members for diabetes, spreading knowledge about the disease, and ensuring proper and continued care for those diagnosed. The participants are partnered with others so that they can encourage each other and motivate their neighbors in continuing treatment. This helps develop a favorable environment within the community to prevent diabetes.
This project reached nearly 80,000 people, encouraging them to be tested for diabetes, testing over 14,000 of them, and then establishing a treatment plan for 1,000. The project also trained 44,000 students and community leaders in prevention techniques.
The HPPI microfinance project was designed to help poor women gain access to credit and become part of the economic development of their communities. The project organized the women in groups that vouch for each other and provides access to loans of up to $250 to establish a production or a trade. The result is that these women begin to create their own income, gradually grow their assets, develop microenterprises, enjoy an improved quality of life, and expand possibilities for investments in their families and a higher status in the community.
In 2014, the program disbursed a total of 81,922 loans across 887 villages. While not currently supported by Planet Aid, HPPI still operates 26 micro finance projects. Read more about microfinance.
Total Control of the Epidemic
The Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) program was adopted in India to combat HIV/AIDS and diabetes in six areas in North India. This multi-faceted, community-based approach aimed to mitigate the impact of these diseases by engaging communities to take control of their own risk factors, while also increasing access to prevention, treatment, and support services. Main activities of the project included identifying high-risk and vulnerable groups, one-on-one visits, disease testing, counseling services, condom distribution, and more.
In 2016, the TCE project in Narela empowered over 1 million people to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and other STDs. The project tested over 30,000 people for HIV/AIDS and distributed 2 million condoms. Read more about TCE.
Green Action Neemrana
Established in July of 2009, the Green Action Neemrana project works to protect those natural resources that are crucial to the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized in India. The project was supported by Planet Aid through 2016. By training farmers in sustainable methods and providing support groups, the project has increased farmers' production and income, leading to better food security and quality of life.
The project is currently introducing modern agriculture practices to increase production and promoting renewable and efficient energy to improve health and productivity. In 2016, the Green Action Neemrana project organized 400 meetings for 1,400 farmers. These meetings focused on issues faced by the farmers and taught them about modern farming methods including the use of micro nutrients, vermi-compost, drip irrigation, and rainwater harvesting.
Around 83 percent of Indian agricultural producers are small-scale farmers that often face problems with declining soil fertility, water access, weather aberrations, and a host of other issues. To combat these issues, Planet Aid supported a Farmers' Club in North India through 2016 that empower small-scale farmers, improving their overall standard of living. Participants were given training and resources that allow them to increase agricultural activity, bolster food security, and strengthen nutrition on the community level. The Farmers' Clubs worked with both men and women farmers through a farmer-led research model that measures the results of the new methods and techniques implemented.
In 2016, the Farmers' Club project focused on promoting sustainable farming through Women Livelihood Groups in 50 villages. The project's efforts improved food and nutrition security, increased incomes, implemented modern farming practices, and empowered women. By teaching the women farmers new farming and animal husbandry methods, the project successfully trained over 1,500 women in organic farming practices and established 600 kitchen gardens, which are aiding in food security for the participating farmers. Read more about Farmers' Clubs.