Humana People to People
The first Humana People to People organization was founded in Denmark in 1977. The first aid was given to Zimbabwean refugees in camps in Mozambique and the first development projects were established in Zimbabwe in 1980. Since then, the Humana People to People Movement has grown to 32 national associations working in 43 countries worldwide.
Humana People to People works with long-term sustainable development programs in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The Humana People to People organizations started to cooperate formally in 1989.
In 1996, they decided to establish the Federation for Associations connected to the International Humana People to People Movement (the Federation) and construct an international headquarters located in Zimbabwe.
The Humana People to People movement was born out of a common desire to fight against colonialism in the 1970s. When remaining countries of southern Africa won their independence and apartheid was abolished, those within the movement wanted to contribute to supporting development, building new societies and empowering people to take control of their lives.
As the movement grew, members within it cooperated informally, collecting local experiences at the grassroots level and setting up affiliated associations. In 1996, the then 16 existing members formed a united Federation to support their endeavours and strengthen global cooperation. In October 2003, The Federation for National Associations connected to the International Humana People to People Movement was founded.
Based in Geneva, the Federation was formally established by Planet Aid, USA, ADPP Angola and ADPP Mozambique. These founding associations are still members of the Federation today. Our International Headquarters is situated in Zimbabwe, 85km outside of the capital Harare. Today, the 31 member associations are independent national charitable organisations that work in 45 countries across five continents including Europe and the USA. In 2016, these associations reached approximately 16 million people in over 1,000 smaller and bigger development projects. .
One World University
One World University or OWU for short was started by Development Aid from People to People in Mozambique and the Federation Humana People to People in 1998. In the following years, the university went through a process of recognition in close cooperation with the Pedagogical University of Mozambique. In 2005, OWU was approved by the Council of Ministers in Mozambique as a private university. It was accredited to deliver academic courses and degrees to the level of Bachelor and Master with a nationally recognized qualification, and was given it's official name ISET - Instituto Superior de Educacâo e Tecnologia, in short ISET/OWU.
OWU/ISET is situated in Changalane, 80 km from the capital city Maputo. The university campus comprises 6 hectares and was designed by Jan Utzon, son of the Danish architect Joern Utzon, whose most well-known work is the Sydney Opera House Jan Utzon’s architecture combines modernity, beauty and functionality in a most inspiring way.
OWU currently has three faculties: the Pedagogical faculty, the faculty of Fighting with The Poor and the faculty of Polyhistory. The university offers its courses on site at its campus in Changalane, Mozambique as well as through distance learning.
The One World Center Denmark has entered into an agreement of cooperation with OWU in Mozambique allowing its participants to earn a degree from OWU as distance learners while following a course at the One World Center. We offer:
- A-Certificate in Fighting with The Poor and a B-Certificate Pedagogy: correspondent with a 1 year university course
- Licenciate in Pedagogy (and Polyhistory from 2014): correspondent with a Bachelor's degree.
When participating in a OWU degree course, you will as part of the program go through the relevant curriculum and take the required exams from OWU. You will be assigned a tutor who will be your contact person in all matters concerning your OWU degree.
Today, the DRH movement is a global movement of 5 colleges that carry out the same kind of programmes as we do at One World Center Denmark. We have joined hands to work together, constantly improve our programmes and continue to offer opportunities for people to take an active part in creating development and fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor. There are schools in Denmark, Norway, England, the United States and in the Caribbean. We also work together with DNS - The Necessary Teacher Training College in Tvind, Denmark which also teaches Pedagogy and other subjects under the One World University.
Firstly a quick glance at the history of the DRH movement. DRH is an abbreviation from the Danish for 'Travelling Folk High School'. The first one saw the light of day in Denmark, the homeland of the famous folk high school tradition, in the early 1970's. The school was started by a group of 8 teachers, who had been travelling around the world by bus during the late sixties. During the next 10 years, the school became a hit in Denmark and throughout Scandinavia.
Thousands of young people attended courses with the purpose of travelling, getting to know our planet, meeting and making new friends and learning about their lives. More than 140 countries were visited and a distance travelled that equals that from the Earth to the Moon and back again over 100 times. Every mode of travel was tried out - driving in old busses across Europe and Asia to India, sailing through Europe in small self-made river boats, flying to South America and hiking around, driving motorbikes across the USA, with dog sleds across the ice of Greenland, across the Soviet Union to China with the Trans-Siberian Railway, across the Sahara desert in 4-wheel drives, canoeing through the wilderness of Canada, and tandem biking in the Caribbean.
The classic programme took 9 months - 2 months preparation, 4 months travelling and 3 months information work. The sixties and seventies was a time when many people across the globe had started to know more about what was going on in the wider world. This was made possible in all developed countries by factors like economic growth, better education and the invention of the television. Many people in the rich part of the world discovered the reality of the vast inequalities between people all over the world and began to think that maybe this was also their business.
The Travelling Folk High School had a big impact in this situation. The lessons learned were simple: the globe is inhabited by human beings who are pretty much the same - some poor, some rich - some black, some white - some Buddhists, some Muslims.... but all with a wish to live a good life in peace, to make a living, get educated, have good health, to raise children, to enjoy and endure, to make a difference and to change things for the better.
Possibilities and conditions were, however, very different. In some places there was enough or more than enough. In other places, even small changes had overwhelming effects and regardless of how hard people worked, they were not able to fundamentally change their basic living conditions.
The constant confrontation with a world where the distance between rich and poor was huge and rapidly growing in spite of a global increase in the level of wealth fostered a sincere wish to take some action and to become part of the solution to this unworthy situation. It was therefore a natural development to change from travelling and studying the situation in the world to becoming an active force in changing matters for the better. It started on a small scale - like bringing vitamin tablets to the children in a village in India or stuffing all the warm overcoats that could fit into the trunk of the bus to bring to poor people in Eastern Turkey where the winter could take temperatures down below -40 degrees. It was packing agricultural seeds, donated by the local supermarket, in the rucksack and bringing them to farmers in rural Bolivia.
All of these initiatives came spontaneously from meeting people in need and knowing that you yourself had so much and had the possibility to get hold of more.This developed into longer periods of 1 - 2 months of stopping over in one place to participate in building a school, a kindergarten or a small workshop with money or materials raised and brought from home. In 1977, what today is the International Humana People to People Movement was founded by some of the teachers from the Travelling Folk High School in order to create a practical instrument for fighting against the conditions of poverty, disease and distress and working to implement a better way for people to live on the planet in the future.
The Travelling Folk High School formed a co-operation with Humana People to People, and since 1980 the schools have been engaged in development work around the world. Together the schools and Humana People to People offer a possibility for everybody to take part in development projects in Africa, Asia or Central America.
Over the past 30 years thousands of people of all ages and nationalities have taken this opportunity. From a humble beginning, Humana People to People has now developed into a global organization. It consists of 43 country associations running a total of 360 projects and reaching 12 million people.
The projects aim to build people's capacity and skills in being able, through their own efforts, to create a better life. Since the first Solidarity Workers, as Development Instructors were initially called, came to rural areas in Africa, put up their camp and started to work along with the people, they have had great success. In the beginning many locals flocked to the building sites just out of curiousity, attracted by the rumors of these strange white people working, but very soon the Solidarity Workers were taken into the hearts of the community and have remained there ever since.
Slowly the people realized that Solidarity Workers did not practice charity or expected gratitude for their actions - they simply wished to be regarded as ordinary fellow humans, who put their energy into creating development where it was lacking and expected them to do likewise. Many things have changed over the past 30 years - in the world, and consequently also in the programmes of the Travelling Folk High Schools.
With the birth of the new millennium, Solidarity Workers became Development Instructors, reflecting the accumulated knowledge and experiences in how to create development. In 2011 many of the schools have formed a partnership with One World University in Mozambique to offer degree courses, and many new programmes are seeing the light of day.
The main aim of the programmes remains to fight shoulder to shoulder with The Poor for a fairer world. The students attend the programmes as part of a team and will prepare for their Development Instructor jobs in groups of three. Each Trio gets a job in the line of work carried out by Humana People to People.
The projects themselves are long term projects with a permanent staff of local and international project leaders. The Development Instructors are a perpetual input of new energy that is of great value in the development projects because each contribution is part of an organised and continuous activity.Development is a phenomenon of many faces and many places.
It cannot be patented and there is no recipe. Each Development Instructor must generate the courage to take an active part in finding answers and in joining the fight together with The Poor in the slums of the cities, in the villages, in remote rural areas and wherever it happens. In the world of reality.
UFF Denmark is a non-profit member organisation of the international federation Humana People to People, which aims to support and empower people in poor countries. Humana People to People focuses its efforts on the following areas: Teacher training and education, improvement of hygiene and health conditions, control of HIV and AIDS, building up sufficient food production, development of agriculture and garden farming, industry and construction, providing relief.
UFF Denmark contributes through the transfer of goods, services, money and know-how from areas in the world with abundance to areas of scarcity, support the association's efforts to achieve sustainable and long term development based on self-help.
The main activity of UFF Denmark is in the collection and sale of used clothing. The profits from the sale of this clothing go to development projects in Africa. The One World Center has worked together with UFF Denmark since February 2013 with students collecting the clothes from the donation bins in the southern area of Denmark where the school is located.
Our Michigan campus is located in Dowagiac, MI, a quiet country town surrounded by woods, lakes and lots of natural beauty. We were thrilled to have Danish architect Jan Utzon, (son of famous architect Joern Utzon who design the Sidney Oprah House in Australia) team up with us to build our school. The modern school boasts large open rooms with plenty of sunlight and windows incorporating the natural beauty around us. In the center of the school is a large open courtyard for relaxing and eating.
At our Michigan campus you will find a large community garden, bee keeping, a chicken coop and many projects in sustainability happening. Our students live in a large dorm, just a short walk from the school, but spend much of the time in our main building learning, cooking, studying and taking group exercise classes. We have also have trails for long walks in the woods or you can take one of the campus bikes for a long ride down a country road. We even have a few resident dogs if you like animals!
Like the One World Center in Denmark, our campus runs as a "collective" which means that the staff and students run the school. Everyone cooks, cleans, takes care of the property and makes decisions about financial matters as a group.
Our Michigan campus offers the 18-month Fighting with the Poor program and our students complete their service work in Africa. After the service period students share their experience at festivals, events and public lectures.
The staff and students also assist in local projects in the community as volunteers and travel to Benton Harbor and Detroit to give back to the community. We run a very large clothing recycling program too as well, with over 500 recycle bins in Michigan. At our school, you will get your hands dirty and keep your minds busy!
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