Planet Aid supported the work of Humana People to People China (HPP China) in Yunnan Province through 2013. Yunnan is one of the poorest provinces in China and it is estimated that about 35 percen of the population lives below the poverty line. HPP China helped the local population improve their situation by organizing Farmers’ Clubs, community development initiatives, and a tuberculosis prevention project.
There were more than 4,000 households participating in three Farmers’ Clubs projects (30-50 households per club). The project trained participants in modern sustainable agricultural techniques, business planning, and how to improve marketing. Farmers’ Clubs introduced and promoted crop diversification, created new sources of income, and increased efficiency and production. The program also addressed health, nutrition, and education issues by working with the farmers to improve their lives on many levels. Read more about Farmers' Clubs
Preschools of the Future
Planet Aid supported the Preschools of the Future project in China through its sister organization, HPP China. The schools were established in remote, poverty stricken areas where there is no early childhood education. The project renovated and beautified schools that had been shut down, and created a new, active network of preschools. Teachers were recruited from the local rural community and trained in how to manage preschools, how to better engage children, and other topics. Training for parents was also provided, offering them more knowledge and skills in helping their children to develop and grow.
The preschools were organized in county units of 100 schools divided into five township units. The preschools were situated in Yunnan, Sichuan, and Chongqing provinces. In Shangrila, 11 preschools were opened and 19 were opened in Zhenkang.
HPP China implemented Child Aid in cooperation with the Chinese government on a national and provincial level. The projects focused on improving the welfare of children by reducing poverty, securing food and drinking water, improving health and hygiene, organizing childcare, and supporting sustainable farming methods. In Zhenkang, more than 500 families participated in projects that encompassed tree planting, sanitation improvement, drinking water improvements, solar water heater installation, and cultural activities.
In Dongguan, more than 20,000 migrant workers’ children were given the opportunity to obtain a preschool education and aftercare at existing local kindergartens. Youth and sport clubs and educational and culture activities were also organized among migrants to make their lives more enjoyable. Activities included adult financial literacy classes and computer classes. Read more about Child Aid.
This project was launched to help reduce the burden of tuberculosis in China by 2015, a timeframe that was in line with the Chinese Millennium Development Goals and the Ministry of Health's targets. The goal was to increase public knowledge of TB prevention and treatment, reduce discrimination against TB patients, and mobilize people with symptoms to get tested. To hit those targets, the program utilized a number of methods, including face-to-face outreach, workplace education, and large-scale community events.