Democratic Republic of the Congo
Support from Planet Aid has been instrumental in the work of Humana People to People Congo (HPP-Congo), focused on addressing the extreme poverty in its country. Planet Aid currently supports HPP-Congo projects focusing on education and community development.
Training Teachers and Changing Communities (TEACH)
Planet Aid is excited to announce that it has received its first grant through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA). Through this award, Planet Aid, in partnership with HPP-Congo, will implement a Training Teachers and Changing Communities (TEACH) project housed at HPP-Congo’s teacher training college located in Mbankana, in the Kinshasa Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Beginning in 2021, TEACH will expand and improve campus facilities and academic operations for teacher training students, primary school teachers, and community members who live, study, or work in and around the Mbankana college campus. The project’s first objective is to improve the technical and institutional capacity of the Mbankana teacher training college by constructing and furnishing classrooms and staff accommodations, drilling a borehole to provide a permanent, reliable water source; and building toilets. In addition, TEACH seeks to cultivate in the DRC a positive view of American values, culture, and history as well as an appreciation of the English language.
The DRC Ministry of Primary, Secondary, and Vocational Education entered into a pioneering agreement with HPP-Congo to establish 54 new teacher training colleges across the nation. The first college was supported by Planet Aid and established in Mbakana in 2012. The first 30 students graduated in 2014. Read more about Teacher Training.
TCE Tonga Nzoto
Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) is a Humana People to People intervention model that helps communities control major epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria, that afflict many in developing countries. In 2019, the TCE Tonga Nzoto project was funded by the U.S. PEPFAR program via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and received support from Planet Aid.
TCE Tonga Nzoto, implemented by HPP-Congo, focuses on preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout six health zones in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has a population of over 1.5 million people. The project’s goal is to identify HIV-positive adults and children, place them on a treatment plan, and ultimately reduce their viral load. Once individuals have a suppressed viral load, their ability to transmit HIV to another individual is negligible. Additionally, the project aims to strengthen the links between the Kinshasa communities and local health clinics to help them gain control of the epidemic and provide care for those living with HIV.
The project was launched in October of 2019 and will continue through September of 2024. In its first three months, the project tested over 7,000 people and began providing HIV treatment to individuals who tested positive. Read more about TCE.