Humana People to People in South Africa was established in 1995 in the immediate wake of independence, where all South Africans for the first time were allowed to vote and a new government was in place with Nelson Mandela as President.
It is a member of the international Humana People to People Movement. At the time, Humana People to People was already active in neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Today this movement reaches 42 counties in five continents.
The organisation’s first project in South Africa, Child Aid Doornkop, was established in Soweto in 1998, in cooperation with the local South African government. It also established a clothes and shoes collection and sale in Gauteng in order to raise funds. Today, HPP South Africa has projects in five provinces. The projects are:
Child Aid – a community development project which aims to improve the lives of children. The project is organized around 10 lines of activities addressing the main challenges of poor communities.
Farmers’ Clubs – is working in communities with small scale farmers organizing them in self-driven clubs and offering training and good support structures among the farmers.
Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) – a huge community mobilization and education program aiming at building strong communities in the fight against HIV & AIDS & TB, where people and local institutions are well informed about the epidemics and are well organized to support those in need. TCE has reached more than 5 million people.
HOPE Humana – another HIV & TB program – that aims to build resilience in poor communities and bring hope to those affected by the epidemics.
Preschools of the Future (POF) – is a new program which aims to bring quality pre-school education to the young children in poor communities. It comprises of both training of POF teachers and starting of POF schools.
Humana Second Hand - is an income generating enterprise aiming to raise funds for the HPP projects in South Africa through the collection and sale of second hand clothes and shoes.
All HPP projects are based on Solidary Humanism, working shoulder to shoulder with the Poor. We believe that people are the driving force in their own development and that it is through collective efforts we create progress.