Planet Aid has supported Humana People to People Laos' community development initiatives in the Bolikhamxay Province since 2012. Projects are implemented in partnership with the province's Department of Public Health and the Department of Mother and Child.
The Child Aid program is comprised of nearly 2,000 member families across 14 villages in the Bolikhan District and Bolikhamxay Province. One of the biggest successes of this project is the improvement of maternal and infant health in the Bolikhan District. The Child Aid program works to educate expectant mothers on how to care for themselves, boosting the clinic-visitation rates to 80 percent.
Other aspects of the program include water and sanitation improvement, proper handwashing lessons, nutrition education (in part through the establishment of home gardens), animal husbandry, and family budgeting.
In 2015, Child Aid was expanded to include projects in 7 more villages (bringing the total to 14) to reach nearly 2,000 people. The new projects are split into two parts: the first part focuses on the improving the lives of children under 5, and the second part focuses on implementing Farmers' Clubs.
The Farmers' Clubs program has a membership of 1,000 farmer families and will run for 3 years.