Planet Aid has worked with Humana People to People Botswana (HPP-Botswana) as an in-country partner since 2004. It is currently supporting HOPE projects, assisting those living with HIV/AIDS and other epidemics and helping communities to strengthen local development.
With the support of Planet Aid and other organizations, HPP-Botswana is implementing HOPE projects to address the high incidence rate of HIV/AIDS. HOPE establishes community centers that help those affected by HIV/AIDS and, more recently, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases.
HOPE also features an outreach element that creates alliances with people in the community: teachers, employers, politicians, and other prominent figures. The outreach program focuses on reducing the stigma associated with these diseases by focusing attention on them through an education and publicity campaign. The project publishes related newsletters, pamphlets, and posters; participates in radio programs; and holds public rallies.
HOPE currently operates projects in six regions of Botswana: Francistown, Palapye, Kweneng, South East, Mabutsane, and Goodhope. HOPE directly reaches thousands of people each year with HIV/AIDS services like in-home meetings, support groups, clubs, workshops, and health lessons in clinics. Read more about HOPE.
HPP-Botswana began operating a Child Aid project in the nickel/copper mining town of Selibi-Phikwe in February 2006. Child Aid is an adaptable model that organizes development initiatives and builds capacity based on the needs of each community. Like other areas of Botswana, the prevalence rate of HIV infection is very high in Selibi-Phikwe, and as a result there are many children who have been left orphaned or otherwise vulnerable. The Child Aid program there focuses on giving assistance to and caring for those orphans and vulnerable children. The program trains the guardians of orphaned children in child health and childcare, and reaches out to the children themselves through youth clubs. In the fight against HIV/AIDS, project officers are also responsible for a door-to-door campaign to ensure that people who are infected by HIV adhere to their anti-retroviral treatments.