Planet Aid supports many projects and programs that are helping meet critical needs in South Africa with particular focus on health, community development and food security. Humana People to People-South Africa (HPP-SA), Planet Aid’s in-country sister organization, operates development projects in six provinces.
In 2007 with support from Planet Aid, the HOPE South Africa project established its first community centers where trained volunteers implement HIV prevention, treatment, and care programs, and work with local clinics and hospitals. The project plays a critical role in increasing access to HIV/AIDS and TB services. Peer educators and trained activists are involved in awareness campaigns in schools, social gatherings, and women’s clubs. In addition, HOPE projects encourage mothers to participate in antenatal care.
The HOPE project is currently being implemented in the four districts of Zululand, Mopani, Ehlanzeni, and Johannesburg and reaches out to over 150,000 South Africans annually. Read more about HOPE.
The Child Aid South Africa program was established in 1998 and employs a community-centered approach to support children in all areas of development, including HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, education, hygiene, water and sanitation, nutrition, and income generation. Currently, Child Aid projects exist in 11 districts with approximately 42,000 families participating.
Total Control of the Epidemic
The Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) Communities Forward Program is a 5-year program implemented under Humana People to People South Africa in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga provinces. The program began in 2014 and seeks to help community members know their HIV status through counseling and testing for HIV and subsequent treatment for those who are HIV positive.
Key activities for the project included a standardized referral and tracking system, community-based counseling and testing services, and the strengthening of community health systems to facilitate the scaling of activities. Read more about TCE.
Humana People to People in South Africa began implementing the Farmers’ Clubs program in 2012. The goal of the program is to improve the income of farmers by equipping them with technical skills, linking them to markets, and providing access to farming equipment and water. Beneficiaries receive training in new agricultural techniques, farm economics, and proper health and hygiene practices. Other project activities include field visits by project leaders, relevant workshops, special "Action Days" focused on environmental and health education, club libraries, and an income-generating loan system.
In 2016, the most recent time Planet Aid supported this project in South Africa, the Farmers’ Clubs focused on increasing sustainability by reducing costs of production and securing long-term markets for the farmers’ produce. At the end of 2016, the program was being implemented in the Eastern Cape Province and helping 400 farmers who were organized into clubs made up of 25 members each. Read more about Farmers' Clubs.
Humana Youth in Action
Planet Aid supported Humana People to People's Youth in Action project, which empowered the youth by giving them an opportunity to develop their artistic skills. In total, around 2,500 young people were members of the 112 clubs.
Club members participated in a range of creative activities, like dance, music, poetry, sculpture, painting, and theater performance. Groups worked together to create art pieces based upon select themes chosen by the members. Themes included "I was born HIV positive – About stigma," "What global warming is all about for the youth," and "Drop in to school - not out of school."
Many participants also performed in monthly community events where they could showcase their talents and raise funds for their clubs. Three-day Youth Festivals were put on twice a year for club members to perform their pieces, with representatives from the European Union, South African Department of Arts and Culture, Humana Spain, and other organizations in attendance.
Preschools of the Future
Established in 2014, Preschools of the Future is an intervention program developed by Humana People to People-South Africa in response to the increasing need for preschool education for disadvantaged children aged two to five. Thus far, the project has established 49 preschools in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The program is also working to train teachers and develop curriculum for future schools.
In 2017, more than 1,300 preschool-aged children received an education through this Planet Aid–supported program in South Africa.