Planet Aid has worked with Humana People to People Botswana (HPP-Botswana) as an in-country partner since 2004. It is currently supporting Child Aid and 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.
In 2011, a second Child Aid program was implemented in Ghanzi. There, the San people have been forced into a rapid assimilation with Botswana society, leaving them vulnerable to societal and economic hardships. Because of this situation, children work on farms and within the towns so that they can help to provide for their families. The Ghanzi Child Aid program is aimed at preventing this labor-related child abuse, while also providing education, improving health and food security, and economic empowerment for the development of the child.
There are currently 6,000 families enrolled in the Child Aid programs in Botswana, which are reaching 17,000 people across the Ganzi and Phikwe regions. The projects are implementing various income-generating activities to help fight poverty in the communities. For instance, in 2017, Child Aid projects in Botswana established 78 vegetable gardens and worked with over 3,000 people in economic-strengthening activities. Child Aid also reached thousands with important information about sexual reproductive health, hygiene, and nutrition, and distributed 65,000 condoms. Read more about Child Aid.