Working with Humana People to People Belize (HPP-Belize), Planet Aid supports the Child Aid and Farmers' Clubs programs. The vision of HPP-Belize is to create development through the establishment and implementation of projects that focus on transferring knowledge, skills, and capacity to individuals and communities in need of assistance to rise from poverty and dehumanizing conditions.
Child Aid Toledo was established in December 2007. It strives to provide individuals with the experience and skills to improve living conditions, specifically providing nutrition and health information for the care of children. Activities such as youth clubs, raising chickens, growing organic vegetable gardens, and HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns are part of this initiative.
The project has worked with families to increase their income level by establishing gardens, training them in income-generating activities (like sewing, small business, and farming), and educating them about sustainable farming practices.
To improve health and combat disease, Child Aid educates communities about proper hygiene practices and food preparation and hosts several health fairs to teach about HIV/AIDS. Child Aid also improves water and sanitation by making wells and latrines.
The program places a strong emphasis on education, working in preschools and establishing youth clubs that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. In these youth clubs, young people are taught lessons about human rights, gender equality, drugs and alcohol, and health, among other topics. They are also given the opportunity to establish their own income-generating activities.
To secure children's futures, Child Aid always strives to improve environmental conditions. The program encourages soil conservation, tree planting, and sustainable energy solutions such as firewood-saving stoves. Read more about Child Aid.
Farmers’ Clubs in Belize aim to sustainably improve the lifestyles of rural farmers through conservation farming. The farmers in the project area are broken into groups (or “clubs”) and work together to learn and improve their farming techniques, commerce skills, and thereby their livelihoods.
The farmers are trained to mitigate and adapt to climate change, becoming more resilient in their changing environments. The clubs receive agricultural training in topics like crop and environmental management, vegetable production, and crop diversification. The projects also provide technical assistance and facilitate visits among farmers so that they can share experiences on sustainable farming and low-cost solutions. Read more about Farmers' Clubs.